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Mining accused of complicity in rights violations

Author: Duncan Campbell, Guardian [UK], Published on: 20 November 2007

British mining corporations are "complicit" in human rights abuses while making large profits in developing countries, according to a report published…by the charity War on Want…Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are cited in the report. "Rio Tinto earned $122m from its stake in the Grasberg gold and copper mine in West Papua, Indonesia, where local people have suffered years of serious human rights and environmental abuse," according to War on Want. A spokesperson for Rio Tinto said: "We take human rights allegations seriously...We are satisfied that our principles and standards are setting new benchmarks for responsible mining practices."

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Related companies: BHP (formerly BHP Billiton) Rio Tinto