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South Africa: Zambian children and women sue mining giant Anglo American; Amnesty International submits third party intervention to South African court

Index Number: AFR 53/5570/2022

On 9 May 2022, Amnesty International and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) applied to intervene as amici curiae (“friends of the court”) in a class action lawsuit launched by a group of Zambian children and women against the mining giant Anglo American in South Africa. The claimants are seeking compensation for the long-term impacts of lead mining in Kabwe, Zambia.

The joint legal submission provides an analysis of international human rights standards and South Africa’s constitutional protections to assist the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg in adjudicating this matter. Amnesty International and SALC stress that South Africa has a duty to regulate the conduct of its companies beyond its territorial borders and to protect, respect and remediate human rights in the context of corporate activities. They further argue that the Bill of Rights imposes obligations upon South African companies such as Anglo American.

Please see the Amnesty Press Release here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2022/05/south-africa-human-rights-groups-intervene-in-historic-class-action/

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