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Police accused of killing 1 union activist & injuring others in shootings during protest at Freeport Indonesia in West Papua

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Company response
1 November 2011

Freeport-McMoRan statement on developments at the mine

Author: Freeport-McMoRan

PT-FI continues to seek to end the strike, which has no legal basis, and to conclude negotiations, on a fair and reasonable basis, of the bi-annual renewal of its collective labor agreement...Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. condemns human rights violations of any form. We have a longstanding commitment to the protection of human rights and have been vigorous in communicating, enacting and enforcing our Human Rights Policy…

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13 October 2011

Indonesia: Police in Timika kill one union protester and injure others at Freeport

Author: Asian Human Rights Commission

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the extrajudicial killing of trade union member Peter W. Ayamiseba and the injury of several persons in police shootings during a union protest on October 10, 2011 at PT Freeport Indonesia [part of Freeport-McMoRan] in West Papua. The workers were protesting against the illegal termination of their contracts following their earlier union strike for wage increases. The police appear to have used lethal ammunition against the protesters. [includes case narrative & sample letter to authorities asking them to investigate]

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