Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Amnesty International denounces child labor in … – RTL.fr

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Sixteen multinational working on new technologies and automotive are not tell us where cobalt required for lithium batteries , the ones you have in your mobile phone for example, or in electric cars.

But half the world’s cobalt production comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this country, the ore is extracted by children as young as 7 years old and adults . Last year, 80 children and teenagers died underground in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, tens of thousands of young miners working without protective equipment . Cobalt is then sold to battery component manufacturers, China and Korea, then to large international groups. Apple, Samsung and Sony do not perform any control Amnesty denounces.

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