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Company Response

26 Jun 2015


Nevsun comments re UN report on forced labour at its Eritrean mine

Nevsun’s commitment to human rights

Our Company is committed to human rights for our workers and the nearby communities. More information on how we run our business can be gleaned from our various annual CSR Reports at nevsun.com and a copy of the independent human rights impact assessment at the Bisha Mine can be accessed here: http://nevsun.com/responsibility/human-rights/Nevsun-HRIA-April-2014.pdf 

A follow-up independent human rights impact assessment audit on the Bisha Mine  is scheduled for release in early July 2015. This reinforces both our Company and the Government of Eritrea’s sustained transparency to human rights in all aspects of the Bisha Mine. A recent United Nations Commission report included some sensational and unbelievable human rights allegations with respect to the Bisha Mine, which allegations were made without visiting either the mine or the country. Despite attempts by our Company to engage with this specific United Nations Commission, it chose not to engage with the Company to verify any basic facts or allegations or to report on the independent human rights impact assessment. This brings into serious question the methodology, process and collation of information in their report. Nevsun remains firmly committed to compliance with Eritrean national law and the continuation of international standards and practices with respect to human rights. We also remain committed to dialogue with the Commission, other UN agencies and stakeholder groups. 

[Nevsun also referred us to its Corporate Social Responsibility Report for 2014 which can be accessed here: http://www.nevsun.com/pdf/Nevsun-2014-CSR-Report.pdf]

This is a response to

Eritrea: UN report alleges forced labour at Nevsun mines

Story 15 Jun 2015