War on Want report alleges UK mining companies involved in human rights abuses overseas

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12 December 2007

War on Want report "Fanning the Flames": company responses

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In November 2007, War on Want released a report, "Fanning the Flames: The role of British mining companies in conflict and the violation of human rights". The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the companies referred to in the report to respond to the concerns raised. The results to date are below:
- Anglo American, Global Coal Management, Monterrico Metals, Oxus Gold, Rio Tinto, Vedanta Resources provided responses
- BHP Billiton, Xstrata did not respond
- AngloGold Ashanti said they have nothing to add to the Anglo American response
- Also includes article with statement by Sibuyan Nickel Property Development Corp (SNPDC)

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22 November 2007

International Council on Mining & Metals (ICCM) response to War on Want's "Fanning the Flames" report [PDF]

Author: International Council on Mining & Metals

War on Want’s report on the role of British mining companies in conflict and the violation of human rights is a selective and inaccurate account of a complex subject. The report fails to acknowledge the role that mining companies can play in preventing conflict and contributing to economic development in post-conflict countries…With its highly selective use of opinions and citations, Fanning the Flames does not contribute constructively to this debate…The main failing of the War on Want report is that it does not offer realistic solutions.

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20 November 2007

Mining accused of complicity in rights violations

Author: Duncan Campbell, Guardian [UK]

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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