Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nevsun Resources Loses B.C. Appeal to Move Human Rights Lawsuit to Eritrea

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nevsun Resources Loses B.C. Appeal to Move Human Rights Lawsuit to Eritrea

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Nevsun loses appeal to move lawsuit abroad

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VANCOUVER - The British Columbia Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Nevsun Resources (TSX:NSU) to have a human rights case against the miner moved to the Eritrea.

The case, brought forward by three Eritrean refugees, alleges that international law norms against forced labour, slavery and torture were violated during the construction of Nevsun's Bisha mine in the East African country.

Nevsun has argued that the case should be heard in Eritrea, but the B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld last year's ruling by the B.C. Supreme Court that since Nevsun was a B.C. company, the province's court had territorial jurisdiction.

The appeal court said that while the practical and logistical difficulties of trying these claims in B. …

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