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Reporting and Engagement Mechanisms

In 2015, a total of 52 allegations were reported to the PTFI Human Rights Compliance Office. Two were security-related or involved security personnel. Twenty-four allegations related to human resources issues, verbal harassment, physical assault, intimidation, discrimination, and a land rights claim. The other 26 cases were domestic issues that did not directly involve PTFI. They illustrate that the human rights grievance system is well communicated and known, not only by employees and contractors, but also by their families and others in the project area. Regardless of the types and credibility of these allegations, all cases reported were documented, reviewed and closed, or are in the process of being followed up by the PTFI Human Rights Compliance Office.

In 2015, a total of 40 allegations were reported to the TFM Human Rights Compliance Office. Of these, 13 were security-related or involved security employees, security contractors and/or host government security. Two of these cases were allegations of rape. One allegation was that a minor was raped by an off-duty member of the Mines Police in Fungurume; this was forwarded to the local police. The second case alleged rape by a group made up of two security contractors, one security employee and one member of the Mines Police. All four individuals were arrested, prosecuted and convicted by the Congolese authorities. The individual working for the Mines Police and the two Security contractors were replaced and the security employee was terminated. The other 27 allegations were reported by employees, contractors and community members and related to verbal/sexual harassment, human resources, physical assault/injury, discrimination, theft, a threat and an anonymous allegation of extortion by an on-site immigration official that was determined to be inconclusive. Regardless of the types and credibility of these allegations, all cases reported were documented, reviewed, and closed, or are in the process of being followed up by the TFM Human Rights Office or investigated by government authorities.

TFM also experienced a number of incidents related to illegal artisanal mining on the concession in 2015. There were eight incidents observed by or reported to TFM personnel in 2015, which together resulted in the deaths of 11 illegal miners (including 10 deaths as a result of tunnel collapses or geotechnical instabilities, and one as a result of action by a member of the Mines Police) and non-life-threatening injuries to three illegal miners (all injured by members of the Mines Police). Half of these incidents took place in or near our operational areas, while the other half took place outside active mining areas.



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