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25 Oct 2011

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

[PDF] Sarei, et al. v. Rio Tinto plc - Opinion

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This is an Alien Tort Statute (ATS) case arising out of the operations of Rio Tinto mining group (Rio Tinto) on the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the uprising against Rio Tinto in the late 1980’s that resulted in the use of military force and many deaths. The Plaintiffs are current or former residents of the island of Bougainville…With regard to the specific claims before us, we conclude that only Plaintiffs’ claims of genocide and war crimes fall within the limited federal jurisdiction created by the Act, and that the crimes against humanity arising from a blockade and the racial discrimination claims do not.