Listen: Kabul, DRC, Kimoto Copper Company discussed on Today in Focus
"The extraction of Kabul from the DRC has been linked to really egregious human rights abuses. He says corruption environmental destruction but most damning Lee has been linked to child labour there are two ways that coupled is extracted from the ground in the DRC through the use of large industrial equipment and big minds owned by multinational companies. But there's also a lot of artisanal mining which is where local people people are digging for Kabul's using very primitive tools or even their hands and then selling that cobbled on that couples is getting mixed up into the global supply supply chains this is an incredibly Paik and complicated supply. Chain a nobody has ever really faced any proper legal scrutiny snake about how cobbled being mind and where it's going and who is profiting from it. What is really important about? This case is for the first time Apple Apple Dell Microsoft. Google Tesla are being directly linked to the deaths and injuries of children because the families are alleging but these deaths and injuries happened in mind which correctly in the supply chain of these companies in the documents that Congolese families describe in really heartbreaking detail how their children were driven by extreme poverty to seek work in these large mining sites and they claim that they were paid as little as one pound fifty fifty a day for really dangerous backbreaking work digging for Kabul Rox often with their hands and these very dark underground tunnels the one plaintiff in the case. who is named as Jane Doe One says in the court papers? Her nephew was forced to seek work in the mines when he was a very small child. In April two thousand eighteen he was working in a mine operated by Kimoto Copper Company which is owned controlled by the big UK Mining Company Company Glencore. He was working underground in the tunnel digging a couple of rocks when the tunnel collapsed on top of him and he was buried alive. His family rushed to the the mind but they say that they never ever recovered his body. The lawsuit also names as plaintiffs children themselves who were really we seriously injured or paralyzed whilst working in Kabul mines so these are really really serious accusations that the company are facing and one of the big central allegations in the lawsuit is all of the defendants. So that's apple. Google Microsoft Tesla were all aware and had specific acidic knowledge that the Kabul they use in their products is linked to child labor but is performed in such dangerous conditions and so their lawsuit argues that they're complicit in in the fourth labor of their children an aided and abetted their deaths by profiting from dangerous conditions that ultimately led to their deaths and injuries. Crucially the the court papers argue that all of these companies have the authority and the resources to supervise and regulate coupled supply chains and their inability to city say contributed directly to the death of these children. This case is really important for a number of reasons. The first is that it's the first first time that any big tech company is going to be scrutinized over its supply chain links to cobalt. The second is that it's going to be an opportunity for those voices at at the very bottom of this huge global supply chains be heard in a court of law for the first time and lastly this Louis is also really important because it's part of a new wave of so-called`strategic negation which is being launched in countries especially like the United States which is trying to compel companies to take the moral imperative errative and police learned supply. Chain whatever the outcome. It's really important for issues. Like best be tried."