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War on Want report alleges Anglo American "profits from abuse, murders"

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3 August 2007

Top UK firm 'profits from abuse, murders'

Author: War on Want

[Anglo American] is profiting from a pattern of global abuse and brutality against poor people, including the murder of opponents who say the firm’s mining operations threaten their livelihoods. In a new report War on Want cites the killing of community leaders who headed local opposition to Anglo American operations in Colombia...It also claims Anglo American is profiting at the expense of poor communities in conflict situations in the Philippines and five African countries – Botswana, Ghana, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa. War on Want claims that Anglo American’s presence is fuelling conflict and human rights abuses by state security forces, with terrible results. [also refers to Anglo Platinum (part of Anglo American)]

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8 August 2007

[PDF] Response to Allegations Made in War on Want’s “Anglo American – The Alternative Report”

Author: Anglo American

On August 3 2007, War on Want produced a pamphlet, “Anglo American – The Alternative Report” which attacked the Company and a number of associate companies over which Anglo American does not have management control (AngloGold Ashanti, De Beers and Cerrejon Coal). The Report accused Anglo American of espousing corporate responsibility at an international level whilst being associated with human rights abuses on the ground…This document responds to those allegations. The War on Want paper is inaccurate or disingenuous in its presentation of numerous material facts. At no point in the preparation of the Report did the authors approach the Company to check facts or to seek alternative perspectives.

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Company response
15 August 2007

Response by Anglo American: War on Want report alleges Anglo American "profits from abuse, murders".

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