Rio Tinto is an Anglo Australian company, listed on the stock exchanges of both London and Australia.
Rio Tinto’s role on the Pacific island of Bougainville helped start a war there.
“It is important to understand the significance of holding Rio Tinto responsible for its actions and the actions of the PNG Government. At all times, Rio Tinto, through BCL, controlled the government’s actions on Bougainville.”
These are not the words of an outsider but of Bougainville’s current President John Momis, speaking of enormous mining conglomerate Rio Tinto’s role in the brutal military attacks against innocent villagers in and around its controversial Panguna mine, from 1989 onwards.
The people of Bougainville have been seemingly forgotten by a world that would rather not know about their trauma, or those responsible for it. Worse still, they have been told their community carries the blame.
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