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Allegations of human rights abuses at the Williamson mine

In September 2020 Petra Diamonds stated that a UK-based law firm, Leigh Day, had filed claims in the High Court of England and Wales against Petra and Williamson Diamonds Limited (“WDL”), the operator of the Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania that is owned 75% by Petra and 25% by the Government of Tanzania. The claims are understood to have been filed on behalf of 32 anonymous individuals in relation to alleged breaches of human rights at the Williamson mine, arising from the mine’s security operations.

In addition, Petra is in communication with the UK-based Non-Governmental Organisation RAID regarding similar allegations raised by local residents and others relating to actions by WDL, its security contractor and others linked to WDL, which they have detailed in their report published on 12 November 2020.

The Board of Petra Diamonds finds these allegations to be deeply concerning and is taking the matter extremely seriously. Steps taken by both Petra Diamonds and WDL in response to the allegations are set out in the public announcements and responses to RAID published on this page.

Please see below Petra’s public disclosures regarding the allegations detailed above.

12 November 2020 – Statement regarding allegations of human rights abuses from RAID

9 September 2020 – Statement regarding allegations of human rights abuses at the Williamson Mine in Tanzania

Please see below the responses Petra has sent to RAID regarding the allegations.

Letter dated 11 November 2020

Letter dated 13 October 2020