A U.S. federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing mining giant Rio Tinto of committing genocide and war crimes in Papua New Guinea, where it once ran one of the world’s largest copper and gold mines. In their lawsuit, current and former residents of the island of Bougainville claimed that Rio Tinto decimated the island and forced native workers to live in “slave like” conditions.
See http://www.democracynow.org/2011/10/27/headlines/lawsuit_revived_against_mining_giant_rio_tinto_for_war_crimes_in_papua_new_guinea#.Tqmcn7ppz6g.twitter.
See also U.S. Court is prepared to hear Bougainville genocide case against Rio Tinto, http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=11270&l=1.