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A grave negligence in the KOV open pit mine belonging to the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) causes 8 deaths including an unknown person

PRESS RELEASE Nº 001/AFREWATCH-ADDH/03/2016

African Resource Watch (AFREWATCH) and Action pour la défense des Droits Humains (ADDH), two human rights organisations specialized in natural resources sector, are deeply concerned about the lack of information following the collapse of the KCC KOV open pit mine on the 8thof March 2016 in Kolwezi, Lualaba province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On the 8thMarch 2016 the KOV open pit mine collapsed at 5h45’ causing 8 deaths; the company refutes the identity of one person. During a press conference the KCC CEO alleged that the accident caused 2 deaths and 5 missing persons. A week later the public opinion and families of victims are still not informed on the progress of investigations that should establish individual responsibilities  and reveal the causes of the mine collapse.

This lack of information and poor clarifications on the incident from the investigation joint commission and KCC is a transgression to families of victims and the public opinion who need to know the truth.

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