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Eritrea: Mining

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of the report of Eritrea Focus to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Eritrea, Mining and Repression in Eritrea: corporate complicity in human rights abuses, whether they have evidence that conscripts are used as slave labour; and what assessment they have made of the implications for companies referenced in any such evidence.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the British Embassy in Asmara regularly engage UK companies, and companies with UK investment, involved in the extractive sector in Eritrea. Discussions include their duty to comply with the legislative and regulatory requirements of operating in Eritrea, and the human rights of Eritrean nationals involved in their operations in Eritrea.

The British Government will take appropriate action against companies and / or individuals who fail to comply with the relevant legislation.

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