Chinese mining companies operating in war torn DR Congo are the leading human rights abusers, a latest report by Amnesty International has revealed.

The report titled Profits and Loss: Mining and human rights in Katanga, examines the impact of the mining industry in south-eastern DRC.

In a statement released on June 19, 2013, Audrey Gaughran, Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International, said mining operations in the DRC have resulted in decades of abuse against artisanal miners and the neighbouring communities.

“The DRC authorities have not only failed to prevent mining companies and traders abusing rights, they have themselves violated human rights to facilitate mining operations.”

The report documents a number of serious abuses involving local and foreign companies including forced evictions – illegal under international law – and dangerous and exploitative working conditions.