Canadian mining company accused of complicity in Congo massacre - Macleans.ca
 

Canadian mining company accused of complicity in Congo massacre


 

An association representing survivors of a 2004 massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo have launched a class action lawsuit against Canadian company Anvil Mining Ltd.

The group, calling itself the “Canadian Association Against Impunity,” includes survivors and representatives of several NGOs. It submitted a petition for a class action suit at the Quebec Superior Court this morning.

The group alleges Anvil provided vehicles and planes to Congolese troops who suppressed a small uprising in the mining town of Kilwa, killing more than 70.

Anvil Mining has said it did allow Congolese troops to use its vehicles but had no choice in the matter. This morning Robert La Vallière, vice president of corporate affairs at Anvil, told Maclean’s he had no specific comments about the civil suit. But Anvil has addressed similar allegations in the past and considers itself cleared. See here and here.

Background on the massacre an on Anvil’s alleged involvement can be found here and here.

The Canadian Centre for International Justice is part of the Canadian Association Against Impunity. Their press release announcing the suit can be found here.

Anvil Mining is incorporated in Canada. It has offices in Montreal and Perth, Australia, and is listed on stock exchanges in both countries.


 

Canadian mining company accused of complicity in Congo massacre

  1. Are you sure you finished writing the entire thing before you posted? There's no account of anybody attending a function hosted by an organization with questionable geo-political views.

    • Hey, a press release is a press release.

  2. If we take Anvil at its word, that it was compelled to supply logistical support that facilitated crimes and human rights abuses, it still raises the question, why would they continue to operate in that region?

    If the political and legal climate in the CDRC is such that authorities can compel the company and its employees to abet human rights abuses and crime, is that not reason enough to close the operation and leave?

    • Depends. How much $ are they making, how likely are they to be caught and what's the penalty if they are?

  3. I find the timing interesting. Just a week after Bill C-300 was defeated we are talking about an incident that is a prime example for its proponents. You had your chance.

    • If I'm reading the record correctly, there was suspicious number absent on that vote, including Iggy.

  4. I'm glad that a story such as this actually makes the papers in Canada. It shows that the press is interested, if nobody else. As someone who has lived near the Great Lakes his entire life, let me tell you that it's all about the mines. The decline of the steel and automobile industries in the U.S. and Canada began with the closing of copper and iron ore mines along Lake Superior in the 1950s and '60s. Maybe it was good for the environment, but miners in places like the Congo and Zambia are little better than slaves. And where is the wealth that offshore drilling was supposed to bring? The world saw how shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico complained during the oil spill, but oil spills are a fact of life in Nigeria, only Nigerian roustabouts make pennies to the dollar compare to those in the Gulf of Mexico and the Grand Banks. Something to think about. Almost makes you think about becoming a socialist.