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Tanzania: RAID says its investigations reveal human rights abuses incl. beatings & arbitrary detention, at Petra Diamonds mine

" RAID statement on its research at Petra Diamonds' Williamson Mine in Tanzania"

This statement is published in response to a press release by Petra Diamonds on 9 September informing its shareholders of a legal claim by UK lawyers, Leigh Day, on behalf of human rights victims and a letter RAID sent to the company on August 29 raising further human rights concerns.  RAID is a UK based non-governmental organisation that exposes corporate abuses and human rights violations, partnering with those harmed to hold companies to account. We have been researching human rights issues at Petra Diamonds’ Williamson Mine since September 2019, following alerts by other international NGOs and local activists.

RAID's research is based on over 100 interviews with local residents, members of local civil society, local authorities, medical staff, journalists and former security personnel employed at Williamson Mine. Our research raises serious human rights concerns. We contacted Petra Diamonds on 29 August to share our concerns and asked for responses to a series of questions. We hope to have further meetings with the company and will shortly be publishing a full report detailing our findings.

The issues our research uncovered are alarming. They include:

  • Shootings, beatings and other assaults, including of children, by security personnel employed by the company on and around the Williamson Mine, causing serious injuries and death...
  • Torture and cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment at a private detention centre on the Williamson Mine...
  • Artisanal miners and others beaten, shot or otherwise injured at the Williamson Mine are often taken to company controlled Mwadui Hospital within the Williamson Mine site....

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