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Central African Republic: Chinese mining companies have moved on but need for investigation, accountability and remedy remain

, Index number: AFR 19/2708/2020

The authorities of the Central African Republic (CAR) must carry out an independent investigation into concerns of environmental damage and human rights abuses in the context of gold mining in Bozoum. The four Chinese gold mining companies left the area in late April 2020. But the deaths of seven people at the abandoned mining sites and the failure to restore the Ouham River, leaving it potentially dangerous, has only increased the need for an independent investigation into the allegations raised by Amnesty International, as well as the need to hold the perpetrators to account and ensure effective remedy for the harm they caused.

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