Collum Coal Mining: Collapsed tunnels destroy Zambian village

On Thursday eve of early in the new year, the inhabitants of Sinazongwe (Zambia) suddenly felt a tremor and heard some distant rumbling. Shortly after, huge cracks opened in the walls of their houses. All 50 residents were forced to flee. People have been forced to relocate to tents and churches, many of them suffering from psychological trauma after the incident.   ... →

AngloGold Ashanti accused of ill-treatment of communities in Ghana.

Farmers from five communities in Ghana have come forward and claimed that AngloGold has abused their human rights. The farmers claim that AngloGold did not comply with the Minerals and Mining Act, which requires them to reach a settlement with communities for land. This is in relation to the refurbishment and enlargement of the Obuasi mine[1] being developed in co-operation with Randgold.   ... →

Class Action lawsuit against Mining Companies in South Africa

A case against 32 mining companies could become the largest class action lawsuit in South Africa, and the continent, should the outcome of the current litigation allow.[1] 100,000 mine workers are suing 32 mining companies including AngloGold Ashanti, Goldfields, and Anglo American for compensation in relation to the contraction of silicosis and TB as a result of inadequate protection provided by the mines.   ... →

State of Emergency in Peru – 4 dead in Protests at „Las Bambas“ Coppermine

A state of emergency has been declared in the Apurimac region of Peru, after escalating tensions at the Copper mine „Las bambas“. These tensions culminated on the 29 September in thousands of protestors gathering at the mine, this turned into voilent clashes with the police. This conflict left 16 people injured, including 8 police officers and 4 dead.   ... →

Glencore: Another opaque mining deal in DRC

In February 2015, Glencore´s joint venture with Dan Gertler´s Fleurette Group, Mutanda Mining, acquired a further concession for copper and cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The state mining company Gécamines held 30% of the Kawama concession, while Dino Steel International held the rest. They received $10 million and $20 million respectively for their shares.   ... →

Apple’s Supplier Responsibility Progress Report Shows Improvement, but Leaves Questions

Apples recent publishing of their “Supplier Responsibility 2014 Progress Report” outlined improvements in working conditions at their  supplier factories, but revealed several weaknesses. In total, Apple conducted 451 audits over multiple levels of its supply chain, covering 1.5 million workers. According to the report, the company made the greatest strides in terms of fair treatment of workers, ensuring workers’ freedom of association, and preventing instances of child labor.   ... →