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The rise of artisanal mining

Artisanal mining has been back in the news recently as coloured gems producer Gemfields is currently the target of a legal claim on behalf of 29 people local to the area around its Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique

An estimated 40.5 million people were directly engaged in artisanal and small-scale mining in 2017. Photo: IGF

An estimated 40.5 million people were directly engaged in artisanal and small-scale mining in 2017. Photo: IGF

The claim alleges that Gemfields and its subsidiary Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM) are liable for human rights abuses including the deaths and mistreatment of artisanal miners and the seizure of land without...

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