Friday, June 14, 2024
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LETTER TO EDITOR

The Reporter’s article titled “New report implicates MIDROC, state sugar enterprise in human rights violations” and published on April 27, 2024, included some inaccuracies in how certain aspects of the research reports findings and people’s speech were portrayed.

  • CEHRO has conducted the mentioned research studies and presented preliminary findings inviting key stakeholders including officials representing the companies. However, the final draft of the research studies is currently under printing process and has not yet been made public.
  • The headline “New report implicates MIDROC, state sugar enterprise in human rights violations” is misleading and does not completely represent the findings. We suggest replacing it as Independent investigation indicated the necessity of adopting National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights to ensure respect for human rights in state-owned Omo Kuraz Development Projects and MIDROC’s operations”.
  • “The study reveals the use of mercury…………… at Lega Dembi.” This was taken out of context. The study did not go through lab tests to check chemical usage during the extraction process, but the information gained from the company indicates that MIDROC is using c Nevertheless, there are allegations by the community that mercury may be used by both the company and other small-scale and artisanal miners, and the study recommended an in-depth investigation to be conducted by experts in the field.

We believe in enabling business and human rights agendas and strongly advocate for human rights due diligence by businesses. We are committed to contributing to sustainable and responsible business operations in Ethiopia that respect and promote human rights.

We appreciate your interest in our work and hope this clarifies any confusion.

Best Regards,

Beresa Abera

Acting Program manager

Consortium of Ethiopian Human Rights Organization (CEHRO)

The Reporter’s story titled “New report implicates MIDROC, state sugar enterprise in human rights violations” and published on April 27, 2024, is completely baseless and compiled intentionally to damage the good name of our company. Therefore, unless The Reporter immediately takes corrective measures, we will proceed to legal action.

Dula Mekonnen

Mining division deputy CEO

MIDROC Investment Group

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