British mining fat cats exploit African workers

This video says about itself:

Human rights abuses in Colombia from a subsidiary of British mining giant Anglo American.

From daily The Morning Star in London:

British firms accused of profiting from rights abuses

Wednesday 21 April 2010

by Paddy McGuffin

A human rights charity will target the annual general meeting of British mining giant Anglo American in London on Thursday over its alleged human rights abuses overseas.

Anglo American’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Anglo American South Africa Ltd, is being sued in South Africa by former gold miners suffering from the lung disease silicosis.

Charity War on Want will display a banner declaring “Anglo Shame” outside the multinational’s annual meeting.

Its demonstration coincides with the second live televised debate of the three main parties’ leaders, which will focus on foreign affairs.

War on Want campaigns and policy director Ruth Tanner said: “While Anglo American reaps massive profits, the firm stands accused of abusing human rights.

“If the prime ministerial hopefuls want to have their international development credentials taken seriously then they must hold companies like Anglo American to account for their human rights record overseas.”

The London Mining Network will also attend the AGM to claim that the company failed to protect black South African gold miners from life-threatening lung disease.

Network co-ordinator Richard Solly said: “Like other enormous British-based mining multinationals, Anglo American likes to promote an image of social responsibility and good corporate citizenship.

“But we hear repeated accounts from around the world of the company ignoring what communities want and behaving in ways that undermine people’s land rights, livelihoods, cultures and sense of well-being.”

London solicitors Leigh Day & Co is working with the Johannesburg Legal Resources Centre to pursue 24 legal test cases for gold miners who worked at Anglo American South Africa’s gold mines in the Witwatersrand Reef accusing the firm of negligence over excessive dust exposure of the miners.

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