Campaign Update:

February 28, 2019: The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Nevsun can be sued at home for its human rights abuses in Eritrea, allowing the lawsuit filed against them by three Eritrean forced labor survivors to advance. Read more about it here.

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Solomon, 29: alleges that he was subjected to months of being followed and intimidated by government agents at the mines after a series of minor workplace disputes with his superiors and other workers. Solomon says he was abducted at gunpoint from Bisha mine, thrown into solitary confinement, tortured with electric shocks and beatings, and accused of being a spy.

Kidane, 37: After his father died and he was refused permission to attend a religious memorial ceremony, Kidane left the mine without permission and went into hiding for four months. He was punished with two months’ imprisonment. On another occasion, when he failed to recognize a government figure at the checkpoint, he was imprisoned for two months in solitary confinement.

Aman, 32: said he was conscripted by the army when he was 20 and assigned to work at Segen, an Eritrean government construction firm. He claimed he was sent to Bisha mine, hundreds of kilometers from his family, in 2009. “Life was very harsh,” he said. “There were sandstorms 24 hours [a day], the temperature was 38C [100F] or 40C. We never had full stomachs. My work was constant.”

 

These are just a snippet of the stories that are being told by Eritreans working at the Bisha mine*, majority-owned by Nevsun Resources Ltd – a Canadian Mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Nevsun operates the Bisha mine and subcontracts work there to a state-run company Segen Construction Company – known to make extensive use of conscript labor from the national service program.

Nevsun chose to set up mining operations near Asmara, Eritrea in 2008 in order to mine copper, zinc and gold – despite the widespread concern of human rights abuses perpetrated by the government against its own people. In fact, just recently a UN commission found that the government is guilty of committing “systematic, widespread, and gross human rights violations.”1 Nevsun is one of the only international businesses operating in Eritrea, paying the government billions of dollars.2

There have been repeated allegations of the use of forced conscript labor, propped up by intimidation, abuse and torture since construction began at the mine. Nevsun has either denied the existence of forced labor, or denied responsibility for it – whilst continuing to profit and even expand Bisha’s operations without truly addressing it.

The Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada, has granted the right to take Nevsun to trial over potential abuses in Eritrea – a landmark ruling. Right now, as the case against Nevsun will go ahead, we can also take action and ensure that big business does not profit from slavery.

Call on Nevsun’s biggest shareholders to withdraw their investment, and support the fight to end profiting from slavery in Eritrea. zincgoldcopper

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don owers
don owers

If this legal action were extended to all companies that exploited workers we would have a much better world and a lot of CEO’s in jail.

john Bestevaar
john Bestevaar

We the people have to communicate more clearly that we support the hopes and dreams of ordinary people and not those of the rich and privileged elites

Hadia
Hadia

As mentioned in my previous post, we ALL need to rise up and throw these disgusting politicians and slave traders into prison, release their ill gotten money sent to their offshore accounts and use it to create a just and fair world where no person is anyone’s Slave!!!

Vasiliy

30-40 years ago Eritrea was a part of Ethiopia — and then, in that time period, Eritrean people (as well as all Ethiopians) was free from any forced labour: so, may be, let Eritrea join back to Ethiopia? 😉

Clive Rubin
Clive Rubin

What absurd nonsense. Not only is your statement grammatically incorrect – the facts do not appear to support your claims about either Ethiopia or Eritrea. Please provide proof of your assertions. Or back off and stop making unsubstantiated claims.

DR JUlian Kennedy

Join the discussion…Vasily is correct Eritrea was a province of Ethiopia from 1963-1993 (Operation World p 322-323). So Clive you’re the one who should back off!

Senait
Senait

Unsure why either of you are on a site called freedom united. The issue is the fact that Eritrea for the past 28 years has been ruled by a dictatorial government which has been causing gross human rights violations on the Eritrean people and has been found even by the 2016 UN enquiry to have committed Crimes Against Humanity! So, if your wish is for Eritrea to join Ethiopia keep dreaming and stay away from this site which is focused on calling and supporting fundamental human rights for people.

Julia Myers
Julia Myers

The Eritrean military is completely corrupt. Children are kidnaped from school and enslaved. Worse things happen to the girls. We’ve sponsored several Eritrean refugees, the fortunate ones who manage to escape. They bear the marks of torture.

Efrem
Efrem

do you have any proof that kida were kidnapped from school?why should the gov do that if they can enlist everybody from the age of 18?who are your sources ?what do you expect refugees to tell you ?that they came to search for better life ?will they get Asylum then ?How come eritrean refugees can go back to Eritrea to marry and get back to Europe untouched ??How do you know those you met were from Eritrea?,because they so ?,are you aware of the ethnic groups in the region ?can you name some ??

Eritrea: end forced conscription

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To the Government of Eritrea,

The international community has long been calling on the Government of Eritrea to address the forced military conscription program, described by the United Nations as “tantamount to enslavement.” This puts investments in Eritrea at risk of being complicit in slavery.

Tens of thousands of Eritreans flee the country every year seeking refugee status as a result of the government’s forced conscription program.

I am calling on the Eritrean government to address the numerous allegations of forced labor that indicate systemic human rights violations as a result of forced conscription.

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