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Progress in campaign for responsible mining of cobalt

    November 25, 2016
    Amnesty's global Secretary General Salil Shetty at rally in from of an Apple outlet in Montreal, Canada

    Thanks to the actions of thousands of Amnesty International supporters around the world, Apple, Samsung, Sony and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce are launching The Responsible Cobalt Initiative. The Initiative aims to improve the lives of children and adults who mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    Ten months ago, Amnesty International research brought to light serious human rights abuses, including child labour, in cobalt mines in the DRC. Read more

    Cobalt is used to power our cell phones, yet no cell phone companies were addressing the problem. So Amnesty International campaigned throughout the year for electronics companies including Samsung and Apple to take responsibility for human rights abuses in their supply chain. Thanks to the actions by human rights supporters, we are starting to see some progress. The Initiative is a welcome first step, but it is crucial that we see improvements on the ground.

    You can help to improve the lives of children who work in cobalt mines in the DRC by signing our petition to Apple. So far over 9,000 Canadians have signed the petition.

    Please help us reach 10,000 signatures by November 30! Take action now. www.amnesty.ca/cobalt