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Oxfam wants action after AngloGold shooting

Publishing Date
31 Aug 2011 4:38pm GMT
Mining Journal

Oxfam, the international humanitarian organisation, has demanded Ghana’s government address ongoing human rights violations in the West African country’s mining industry following a recent shooting at the Obuasi mine.

Kwame Eric, 23, was shot to death on August 10, allegedly by an employee of Ghanatta Security Services, a private security firm hired by AngloGold Ashanti Ltd.

Mr Eric, suspected to be an illegal miner, was shot in the back near the South tailings storage facility of the Obuasi mine, according to media in Ghana.

Keith Slack, a programme manager for Oxfam America, said: “This is unfortunately the latest in a string of human rights abuses that have been occurring in Ghana’s mining sector over the years. The Ghanian government should carry out a thorough investigation and bring those responsible to justice.”

Oxfam said the shooting of Mr Eric followed “other human rights abuses” by security forces hired by AngloGold.

In 2005, illegal miner Awudu Mohammed was shot in the back near Obuasi, while, in 2009, Anthony Baidoo was shot and maimed when he cut through a waste dump that blocked access to his farms, according to Oxfam.

Following the shooting, AngloGold said the incident was the subject of an on-going police investigation that it fully supported.

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