Eritreans sue Canadian mining firm Nevsun over human rights abuses

Three Eritrean refugees have filed a lawsuit against a Canadian mining firm over claims that it conspired with the Eritrean government to force them and other conscripted workers to work at a copper mine for long hours while receiving little pay and living in squalid conditions.

Four more international mines are set to open in Eritrea over the next two years, with 17 foreign companies exploring potential sites.

The men, who now live in an Ethiopian refugee camp, say they were conscripted into the Eritrean army before being made to work “unfairly long hours without enough salary, proper medical services, good shelter [or] enough food”. They worked for the Bisha Mining Share Company (BMSC), which is operated jointly by Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources and Segen Construction, an Eritrean state-owned contractor.

 

Eritreans sue Canadian mining firm Nevsun over human rights abuses | Global development | The Guardian.

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