Leigh Day, an international law firm, represents some 1800 Zambian farmers in their accusation against the mining company Konkola Coppermines plc (KCM), a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources. The company is accused of having contaminated the groundwater in the course of its copper production, contaminated soils and damaged the health of the population.
At the beginning of January 2017, Leigh Day Day employee Oliver Holland was arrested during a meeting with several clients in a Zambian community and held for several hours by the police. According to their information, the lawyer violated the Public Order Act, as public meetings with more than three persons are subject to police authorization. Leigh Day stated on their website that the KCM logo had been found on one of the police cars.
In addition to KCM, six other internationally active mining companies are currently being prosecuted in Zambia. The environmental protection organization, Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) initiated investigations in 2016.
Geschäftsbeziehungen zu Vedanta/KCM haben unter anderem:
- Allianz SE
- Deutsche Bank
- DZ Bank
- ING Group NV
- UniCredit Group
- BNP Paribas
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