NPRC investigates Hope Fountain Chinese Mine Human Rights Violations

(a Hope Fountain Fools Mine worker who was allegedly assaulted by his Chinese boss over a pay dispute)

The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) has been investigating the torture and abuse of local mine workers by a Chinese miner at Fools Investment Mine in Hope Fountain at the outskirts of Bulawayo. The investigations follow a petition written by MIHR and 13 other organizations after the Saturday 16 January 2021 attack of mine workers by the miner when the workers demanded their December salaries. The petition was addressed to the NPRC, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) and the Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC).

Some mine workers from a Chinese owned mine which is based in the Matopos area of Matobo District have alleged that they are being harassed and physically abused by their Chinese supervisor (name supplied) whom they described as an abusive bully. The mine workers who spoke to MIHR network partner claim the supervisor refused them December bonuses and attimes he may decide not to pay at all and he is not challenged.

MIHR is further investigating this issue.

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