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Sierra Leone: Civil society demands government action after police kill one person during protest by African Minerals' workers

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Company response
26 May 2012

Koidu Holdings' response to allegation of protesters’ death at its concession in Sierra Leone

Author: Koidu Holdings

There was indeed a demonstration in 2007 and two people were killed. In the Commission of Enquiry that followed the incident, it was becamse clear that Koidu Holdings was not responsible for the deaths of the said two people because the Police personnel that allegedly carried out the act were not under the command of Koidu Holdings...As per the recommendations of the Commission, we have taken the appropriate corrective measures, contrary to the claims made in the below quote.

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Company response
21 May 2012

African Minerals' response to press release calling for government action after a person is killed during protest by its workers

Author: African Minerals

We are committed to aligning our operations and strategies towards the ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption set out in the UN Global Compact...The details of the events which occurred in Bumbuna and resulted in one fatality and a number of injuries are still unclear and are subject to an internal inquiry by the Police...Working in co-operation with the Police, the Government of Sierra Leone, and representatives of the workers we have already undertaken a review of the underlying causes of the original protest. We have made a public commitment to comply with the recommendations of that review...

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9 May 2012

Press Release: As conflict brews in Bumbuna, civil society demands immediate government action

Author: Natural Resource Governance and Economic Justice (NaRGEJ) Platform, Sierra Leone

We, the civil society organisations working on natural resources in Sierra Leone...are worried over the level of and frequency of violence that is occurring in that once peaceful community...It may be recalled that workers of the African Minerals Limited staged a protest in the Bumbuna mine site on Monday 16th April 2012 over low wages and unfair treatment meted out by their employers. The highhanded response of the police deployed to maintain security around the site led to the death of one person and the wounding of many others...It is worthy to note that the use of excessive force against defenseless and peaceful citizens protesting against the inhumane treatment meted out to them by mining companies operating in the country has become a disturbing phenomenon. The police are in most cases accused of doing this at the behest of the mining companies. [also refers to Koidu Holdings (part of Beny Steinmetz Group)]

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