Campaign Update:

January 2019: The Supreme Court of Canada has begun hearing the case against Nevsun Resources this month.

 

Help stop profits from slavery in Eritrea

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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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.

Paulette Harvey
Paulette Harvey

I am sorry but Eritrea reads like one large concentration camp, and without a major shift in the mindset of those who allegedly run the country, this will continue, and the young will continue to flee in the hands of traffickers..

Marc Donis
Marc Donis

Coincidentally, Eritrea happens to be one of just two nations that force taxation upon its citizens all over the known universe. The other one is the USA.

CALL ON NEVSUN’S SHAREHOLDERS TO DIVEST FROM SLAVERY

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Dear BlackRock and M&G Investments,

The international community has long been calling on Nevsun Resources Ltd to address the alleged use of forced labor in its Bisha mine, and reconsider its operation in Eritrea. However, Nevsun has made it clear that it will continue to operate, as it either denies instances of forced labor have occurred or claims that it has no responsibility over this aspect of the operations.

In light of this, I believe that BlackRock and M&G Investments, have no viable alternative but to reconsider its position as a shareholder in Nevsun Resources Ltd, who operate the Bisha mine in Eritrea, and withdraw from all investment in Nevsun Resources Ltd.

It is evident that for Nevsun to ensure it is respecting human rights and that forced labor is not taking place in its operations in Eritrea, the company would need to ensure it is not supporting the government’s use of conscript labor from the national service program. However, this is near impossible whilst operating in Eritrea. It is for this reason that I am now addressing you, the major shareholders to withdraw investment.

Sincerely,

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