Publication Navigation

Site Navigation

Oxfam wants action after AngloGold shooting

Publishing Date
31 Aug 2011 4:38pm GMT
Author
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.

Companies in this article

Visit the links below to read profiles, see stock information and read all news on companies mentioned in this article.

More News By Subject

Site Search

Read articles from the latest Print Edition - MJ 19/09/14
MJ140919scr-2.jpg
 
COMPANY PROFILES
Russian precious-metals company Polymetal International plc has made significant progress at the Semcha platinum-group metals (PGM) property in the past year as it moves the project towards a preliminary economic assessment
The Republic of Guinea intends to launch, pursuant to the mining Code, a competitive and transparent invitation to tender for three bauxite mining blocks located in the prefectures of Boffa, Boké and Télimélé.
Indochine Mining Limited is developing a high-grade gold project at Mt Kare in PNG by rapidly developing wide, high-grade gold zones
Sarama Resources is a West Africa-focused gold explorer with substantial landholdings in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mali.
Midway Gold is an emerging, near-term gold producer on track to bring its first million-ounce project, the Pan mine, to production in 2014
RECENT IN-DEPTH FEATURES

Recently published Reports:

No results were found