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Peru: Securitas says it is investigating accusations of torture against its subsidiary, Forza

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10 February 2009

[DOC] Company owned by Securitas accused of torture [Peru]

Author: Ove Gustavsson, GT-Expressen [Sweden]

Unofficial translation provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
The Peruvian company Forza, owned by Swedish Securitas, is accused of having tied and beaten demonstrators – one to death. The abuses are said to have occurred at a demonstration against a mining operation in Rio Blanco [part of Monterrico Metals, owned by Zijin], in Peru, 2005 …“We have contacted our subsidiary and we are investigating this in peace and quiet”, says Gisela Lindstrand [Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications] at the international section of Securitas AB…“If this is true and these persons remain at the company we have to take action”. Securitas distances itself from the behavior shown in the photographs…“It is not conceivable that we would act this way. We are a serious security company”, says Gisela Lindstrand.

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10 February 2009

[DOC] Company owned by Securitas investigated for torture [Peru]

Author: Norrlänska Socialdemokraten [Sweden]

Unofficial translation provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
A company which is today owned by the Swedish security group Securitas will be investigated in Peru concerning suspected torture and abuse of the local population in relation to surveillance of mines…”We are trying to find out what has happened”…says Gisela Lindstrand, Securitas Group [Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications]…In Rio Blanco, Forza is working for the mining company Monterrico, which was bought by the Chinese Group Zijin in 2007...Lindstrand points out that the company [Forza] was bought after the suspected abuse, and that all Securitas Group’s security guards are trained in human rights. “If this has happened, it is something which could never happen today, because now Securitas’ rules apply.”

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