Author Archives: Zainab

Kabwe Zambia Lead Poisoning Judgment South Africa

Kabwe Community Denied Justice in Lead Poisoning Case Against Mining Giant Anglo American

A South African court has stopped a historic class action of 140,000 women and children from proceeding after the Zambian community came forward to seek redress for decades of lead contamination.   “This decision compounds a historic wrong, not yet remedied. Thousands of children suffering from lead poisoning will continue to have life-limiting futures. Families

SFO drops ENRC case 2023

RAID statement following the UK SFO announcement to close the corruption investigation into mining giant ENRC 

Statement by UK corporate watchdog RAID On 24 August, the UK’s top anti-corruption agency, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), announced it had decided to drop its ten-year investigation into Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) due to “insufficient admissible evidence to prosecute”. ENRC had been under investigation for corruption and bribery centred on suspected bribes for cobalt and

RAID Response to Barrick Gold Annual Sustainability Update 2023

RAID response to inaccurate statements by Barrick Gold

On 25 July 2023, Barrick published its Annual Sustainability Update, which included a PowerPoint and video presentation by Barrick’s management. The presentation included several inaccuracies regarding RAID’s research and reporting on the human rights situation at Barrick’s North Mara gold mine in Tanzania. The company’s continued attacks on RAID are an unfortunate distraction from the

DRC Corruption Protest Dan Gertler Congo Mining

146 organisations condemn lawsuit brought by Dan Gertler against the Congo is Not for Sale anti-corruption coalition

A group of 146 civil society organisations today express their serious concern about the legal proceedings filed in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Israeli businessman Dan Gertler against Congo’s leading anti-corruption coalition, Le Congo n’est pas à Vendre (Congo is Not for Sale or CNPAV). The criminal lawsuit (citation directe) filed in early March targets CNPAV spokesperson Jean-Claude Mputu

146 organisations condamnent le procès intenté par Dan Gertler contre la coalition anti-corruption Le Congo n’est pas à vendre

Photo: Jean-Claude Mputu Un groupe de 146 organisations de la société civile expriment leur vive préoccupation au sujet de l’action judiciaire engagée en République démocratique du Congo par l’homme d’affaires israélien Dan Gertler contre la principale coalition anti-corruption en RD Congo, Le Congo n’est pas à vendre (CNPAV). La procédure pénale (citation directe) engagée au début du mois de

Industrial mine workers waiting for the company bus DRC

Workers at DRC’s industrial cobalt mines pushed further into poverty

New living wage calculation shows mine workers labouring for the energy transition are being left behind Pour une version en français, cliquez ici. “Around the world, companies engaged in the energy transition seem to be making record profits, while the Congolese workers who are bringing cobalt to global markets are falling further into poverty. The switch

Price of fish in Congo DRC

Les travailleurs des mines de cobalt industrielles en RDC basculent davantage dans la pauvreté

Un calcul actualisé du salaire de subsistance révèle que les travailleurs des mines qui contribuent à la transition énergétique sont laissés pour compte « Partout dans le monde, les entreprises engagées dans la transition énergétique semblent réaliser des bénéfices records, tandis que les travailleurs congolais qui mettent le cobalt à la disposition des marchés mondiaux s’enfoncent

Dan Gertler Signing Congo Agreement DRC

Rights groups inform Dan Gertler they cannot support his DRC deal

Public letter sent to businessman in response to his request for endorsement of his Settlement Agreement On 7 February 2023, businessman Dan Gertler wrote to international human rights and anti-corruption groups urging them to support his Settlement Agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a year earlier. His letter can be found here. Below is the response from the civil

Dan Gertler RAID Research DRC

US should not ease corruption sanctions on Dan Gertler

25 international and Congolese civil society groups write public letter to top US officials Today, 25 Congolese and international civil society organisations, including RAID, called on the US government not to provide sanctions relief to businessman Dan Gertler for his activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.    The US Treasury Department sanctioned Gertler and his companies for high-level corruption related to the DRC in