Former workers at Nevsun’s Bisha mine in Eritrea filed a civil claim in British Columbia’s Supreme Court on Thursday alleging that the company facilitated forced labor, “[a] form of slavery,” as well as crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses at the mine.
The plaintiffs, Gize Yebeyo Araya, Kesete Tekle Fshazion and Mihretab Yermane Tekle, are refugees who escaped from Eritrea, according to the statement of civil claim.
Toronto — International mining firms rushing to invest in Eritrea's burgeoning minerals sector risk involvement in serious abuses unless they take strong preventive measures. The failure of the Vancouver-based company Nevsun Resources to ensure that forced labour would not be used during construction of its Eritrea mine, and its limited ability to deal with forced labor allegations when they arose, highlight the risk.
Effectively combating transnational and cross border crimes requires close cooperation and commitment of several states, because it surpasses a single nation to combat crimes such as terrorism, human and drug trafficking. It is in this regards that Rwanda National Police hosted the Eastern Africa police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) Police Command Post Exercise (PCXPX).
Libya, North Korea, Iran and Cuba are among 17 countries worldwide that have done little to combat human trafficking over the past year, according to a State Department report released Tuesday, down from the 23 nations identified a year ago
In its annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), the department said the 17 countries failed to meet minimum international standards to curb trafficking and could face U.S.
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The report entitled "The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond" is being presented to EU home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in the European Parliament on Wednesday.
The report, by Dutch and Swedish researchers, Professor Mirjam van Reisen, Professor Conny Rijken and Meron Estefanos details the trafficking of refugees from the Horn of Africa who are targeted by criminal networks for extortion and exploitation, reported the allAfrica.
Eritrea's ambassador to the UK and Ireland has rejected a report accusing Eritrean military officials of conniving in the trafficking of as many as 30,000 Eritreans in the Sinai desert over the last four years.
The woman from Eritrea was still in chains when she gave birth to her baby, just hours after being tortured by her captors. They gave her a rusty piece of metal to cut the umbilical cord, then continued to beat her daily, demanding $35,000 (U.S.) in ransom from her family.