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1 May 2008

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FoodFirst Information & Action Network

[PDF] Universal Periodic Review - Ghana (May 2008) Human Rights violations in the context of large-scale mining operations - Submission by FIAN International

The intention of this submission is to draw attention to the number and intensity of human rights violations in the context of large-scale mining operations in Ghana...During the reporting period, the expansion of existing as well as the development of new mining operations and the related deployment of the military and Police to the mining areas has led to serious human rights violations in many mining communities in Ghana...Reports from mining communities...indicate a high degree of complicity of multinational mining companies in these human rights violations. In many cases it is private security personnel of mining companies that take the lead. Security contractors of mining companies assisted by armed police and soldiers often conduct “operations” ostensibly to arrest alleged illegal small scale mining operators...These “operations” tend to be violent and bloody invasions of communities resulting in gross human rights violations. [refers to AngloGold Ashanti, Newmont, Red Back Mining, Bogoso Gold Limited (part of Golden Stars Resources)] [The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has invited these companies to respond and we have received AngloGold Ashanti's response; Newmont declined to respond; Golden Star declined to respond; Redback Mining declined to respond]

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