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Mali gold mines child labour - evidence

2011-12-06 21:25

Geneva - Gold mined by children living in poverty in Mali is making its way into the international supply chain where it has been purchased mainly by trading houses in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Tuesday.

The supply chain from artisanal mines in Mali to gold-buying companies was first traced by The Associated Press in an investigation in 2007 and 2008 that included visits to six bush mines in three West African countries.

Human Rights Watch obtained export records from Mali's government showing that between January and June 2011 companies from Belgium, Hong Kong, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates bought more than $83m of Mali's artisanally mined gold.