British Mining Firm To Pay Mozambicans $7.5m For Alleged Human Right Abuse

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A British mining firm, Gemfields, says it has agreed to pay $7.5m (£5.6m) to people in Mozambique who went to court in London over alleged human rights abuses at a ruby mine.

Close to 300 people living near the Montepuez mine complained that private security guards as well as Mozambican security forces had shot, beaten, sexually abused and unlawfully detained them. Gemfields denies any responsibility for abuses but admits instances of violence have occurred at the mine.

The company says a panel of independent experts will consider any future grievance cases. It has also agreed to set up an agriculture and skills training fund for the local community.

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