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Côte d’Ivoire: Missing millions must reach Trafigura toxic waste victims

Côte d’Ivoire’s new government must ensure that the compensation paid out by...Trafigura reaches the thousands of victims affected by a toxic waste dumping in 2006, Amnesty International said...on the fifth anniversary of the disaster. Trafigura has paid US$260 million in a number of payouts but much of the money remains unaccounted for and thousands of victims have not received anything...The dumping of toxic waste...affected more than 100,000 people...In February 2007 Trafigura entered into a settlement agreement with the government of Côte d’Ivoire under which Trafigura paid US$195 million for compensation and clean-up costs. The government subsequently drew up a list of over 95,000 victims to compensate; however, the government compensation process was never completed and questions remain over how much of the US$195 million the victims actually received...In September 2009 Trafigura made a separate payment of US$45 million in an out-of-court settlement reached in the UK with nearly 30,000 Ivorians...

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