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AngloGold Ashanti: Security agencies engaged by mining company shooting at locals

Human Rights Violations in Ghana

As only the most recent case, Kwame Eric of Binsere, a 23 year old man, was shot near Obuasi, Ghana, in August 2011 by a private security organisation employed by AngloGold Ashanti, when unlawfully entering the company’s area.

In 2006 AngloGold Ashanti employed the services of the military to guard the company’s area. On August 2, 2006, some farmers, who used a route around the rock waste dump because the dump had blocked access and, therefore, increased the distance to their farms, were shot by the guards. Anthony Baidoo was among these farmers. He had to be hospitalised for nine months in Accra and became disabled.

A similar case already emerged in 2005, when Awudu Mohammed was shot in Sansu, a Ghanaian village, by personnel of a security service engaged by AngloGold Ashanti. The victim underwent three operations and is now incapable of working to earn a living.

AngloGold Ashanti is a joint venture between the South African gold mining company AngloGold and the Ghanaian gold mining company Ashanti.

More information:

WACAM press release