Tag Archives: Forced Labor

Nevsun Appeals to Canada Supreme Court for Forced Labor Lawsuit

‘It was inappropriate for a British Columbia judge to determine the legality of a sovereign state’s conduct’ – Nevsun Resources

Nevsun, a leading diversified mid-tier miner, takes next step to try to get Eritrean forced labor court case thrown out

BY SUSAN TAYLOR | REUTERS

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.

Canada’s top court said on Friday that Nevsun filed an application on Jan. 19, seeking permission to appeal a British Columbia court ruling in November, which confirmed the case could proceed in the western Canadian province. Continue reading Nevsun Appeals to Canada Supreme Court for Forced Labor Lawsuit

Swedish Mining Engineer: “The Operations in Bisha Were Far From Slavery”

Swedish mining Engineer who worked at the Bisha mine in Eritrea between April 2010 and July 2014 has said he didn’t see any signs of “slavery”. (Photo: Clas Lindström)

BY MARTIN SCHIBBYE | BLANKSPOT *

Mining Engineer Clas Lindström worked for Bisha Mining in Eritrea during the same period that three workers claim they had to work in the mine against their will. He remembers an unusual plant, but did not see any signs of slavery. Continue reading Swedish Mining Engineer: “The Operations in Bisha Were Far From Slavery”

Appeal Court Allows ‘Forced Labour’ Lawsuit Against Nevsun Go to Trial

Nevsun loses bid to stop Canadian lawsuit over forced labor claims in Bisha mine

This is the final frontier to redeem Eritrea of all the politically motivated allegations. (Photo: Bisha mine workers enjoying their meals by Martin Zimmermann)

BY TESFA NEWS *

A British Columbia court in Canada today rejected an appeal by Nevsun Resources Ltd that sought to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a number of Eritrean workers who allege they were forced to work at Nevsun’s Bisha Mine in Eritrea. Continue reading Appeal Court Allows ‘Forced Labour’ Lawsuit Against Nevsun Go to Trial

B.C. Supreme Court Permit Nevsun Claim to be Heard in Canada

The Court still failed to show somehow that Nevsun’s case has a real and substantial ties to Canada that warrants a hearing in Canada since the the alleged acts happened in Eritrea, the plaintiffs are Eritreans and the subsidiary company is established under the laws of Eritrea.

By Nevsun,

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

No Evidence to Support Allegations of Forced Labor in Eritrean Mines: Nevsun

Bisha main pit. In the next few months the Supreme Court of British Columbia is expected to decide whether the legal ‘forced labor’ case filed against Nevsun by four Eritreans can continue. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

By Allison Martell and Edmund Blair | for Reuters,

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.

Bemnet’s father heard what was happening and rushed to the school. “He tried to pass to me my medication and some money through a window of the bus on which I was being taken away, but it was not possible,” said Bemnet in an affidavit filed with a Canadian court last year. Continue reading No Evidence to Support Allegations of Forced Labor in Eritrean Mines: Nevsun

Commission of Inquiry Report: Devoid of Credibility and Substance

A press statement from the Eritrean Foreign Ministry reiterates the Commission’s outrageous allegations are entirely based on speculations, hearsay and unsubstantiated claims that are devoid of credibility and substance

By Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

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