Deaths of Children in Cobalt Mines

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The parents of children injured or killed as part of cobalt mining operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo are suing five of the world’s largest tech companies, claiming they were complicit in their children’s exploitation. The parents, represented by the international human rights firm, International Rights Advocates, launched their case in Washington against Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla. Cobalt is an essential element in rechargable batteries which are used in items such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. An article in The Guardian indicates the children were paid very little for back breaking and dangerous work. The deaths resulted from tunnel collapses and other serious accidents underground. (Image: Amnesty International)  Read more…

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