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Papua New Guinea: New report raises allegations of human rights violations by Rio Tinto & Bougainville Copper Ltd in Panguna

A report published by the Human Rights Law Centre raises allegations of unaddressed destruction by Rio Tinto and its subsidiary, Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL), in Panguna, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea involving: (1) the infringement of peoples' right to life, as people have died, or been placed in life-threatening situations; (2) the effects on peoples' right to health as the mine's operation caused illnesses and malnutrition; (3) the mine's waste and pollution has violated the people's right to water; (4) the loss of arable lands and the inadequate and inappropriate relocation facilities violated the people's right to food and housing; (5) the destruction of cemeteries and sacred sites undermined the people's cultural rights; and (6) the infringement of rights and health of women and children.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Rio Tinto and BCL to respond to the allegations in the report. The companies' responses are linked below.

Company Responses

Bougainville Copper Ltd View Response
Rio Tinto View Response

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