TOP COURT TO WEIGH VENUE OF HU­MAN RIGHTS CASE

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The Supreme Court of Canada will help de­cide whether a hu­man rights law­suit against a Cana­dian miner should be heard in B.C. or Eritrea. The high court has agreed to hear an ap­peal by B.C.-based Nev­sun Re­sources Ltd., which ar­gues the African coun­try would be the more ap­pro­pri­ate fo­rum. Refugees from Eritrea al­lege they were forced to work at a gold mine con­trolled by sub­sidiaries of Nev­sun and Eritrean state com­pa­nies. They con­tend the mine flouted in­ter­na­tional pro­vi­sions against forced labour, slav­ery and tor­ture — ac­cu­sa­tions that have not been tested in court. Nev­sun de­nies it or a sub­sidiary en­listed the Eritrean mil­i­tary to build the mine or sup­ply labour, and says the refugees be­hind the court ac­tion were not mis­treated. B.C. courts have dis­missed Nev­sun’s at­tempts to make Eritrea the fo­rum.

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