Human Rights Abuses in Sierra Leone’s Mining Boom
This 96-page report documents how the government and London-based African Minerals Limited forcibly relocated hundreds of families from verdant slopes to a flat, arid area in Tonkolili District. As a result, residents lost their ability to cultivate crops and engage in income generating activities that once sustained them. Police carried out a bloody crackdown in the town of Bumbuna in April 2012 to quell a protest by workers who went on strike after being barred from forming a union of their own choosing.
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- Whose Development?
- Map of Sierra Leone
- I. Development in a Post-conflict Country
- II. Displacement to Permit Mining
- III. Labor Rights Violations at the AML Tonkolili Mine
- IV: Excessive Use of Force by Bumbuna Police
- V. Rights-Based Development
- VI. National, Regional, and International Standards
- VII. Conclusion
- Annex I: Letter to African Minerals Limited and Response
- Annex II: Follow-Up Letter to African Minerals Limited