Nevsun Resources Ltd is appealing to Canada’s Supreme Court to throw out a lower court ruling which allowed Eritrean workers, who say they were forced to work at its mine, to have their lawsuit heard in Canada.
Nevsun Resources Ltd. advises that the British Columbia Supreme Court has refused to permit a claim against Nevsun to proceed as a common law class action. The court did permit the lawsuit by the three named plaintiffs to continue.
Today’s court decision addresses only preliminary legal challenges to the action raised by Nevsun. The judgment makes no findings with respect to the plaintiffs’ allegations, including whether any of them were in fact at the Bisha Mine. The judge also emphasized that the case raises novel and complex legal questions, including on international law, which have never before been considered in Canada. Continue reading B.C. Supreme Court Permit Nevsun Claim to be Heard in Canada→
Bemnet Negash never got to say a proper goodbye to his family. In February 2006, government officials arrived at his school in the highlands of Eritrea and put him and his classmates on a bus to a military training camp. He was 20 years old, and still at school because a childhood illness had interrupted his education.
THE Commission of Inquiry and Special Rapporteur (SR) appointed as special mandate-holders to assess the human rights situation in Eritrea have released two parallel reports. As well-meaning as their initial mandates may appear before members of the Human Rights Council (HRC), it appears that the record and evidence regarding both special mandate-holders reveal that they were extra-procedurally appointed, overstepped the terms of their mandates in their investigation of Eritrea and published reports that do not represent an objective analysis of the human rights situation in Eritrea. Continue reading Commission of Inquiry Report: Devoid of Credibility and Substance→