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RAID vs. Oryx

Case overview

Date filed 28 June 2004
Current status Concluido
Issue El papel de empresas ingleses en el conflicto del Congo
Summary of the case El 28 de junio del 2004, RAID presentó una queja contra Oryx Natural Resources Cía Ltd ante el PCN del Reino Unido. En el informe del Panel de Expertos de la ONU, se mencionó a Oryx Natural Resources Ltd. como una compañía que violaba las Directrices de la OECD para empresas multinacionales. El PNC del Reino Unido está encargado de realizar una evaluación preliminar del caso.
Se ha alegado la existencia de un acuerdo confidencial para la distribución de beneficios, en el cual Oryx y el gobierno de Zimbabwe tomaron, cada uno, 40 por ciento de los ingresos en efectivo de Sengamines, una de las concesiones de diamantes más ricas de MIBA (la compañía de diamantes del estado Congolés). De hecho, Oryx era utilizada como fachada para las Fuerzas de Defensa de Zimbabwe (ZDF) y su compañía militar, OSLEG. Los demandantes afirmaron que había evidencia sobre la propuesta hecha para establecer una compañía Zimbabwense-Congolés en Mauricio con el fin de ocultar los intereses económicos de la ZDF en la República Democrática del Congo. Según los demandantes hay también evidencia que Sengamines sirvió como fachada para realizar transacciones ilegales con divisas extranjeras, usando varias rutas dentro y fuera la RDC.
Developments/Outcome In July 2004, the UK NCP accepted the complaint; however, RAID was prohibited from taking part in the negotiation process for one year while the NCP engaged in extensive discussions with Oryx. Most of the complaint was rejected on the grounds that a UN Panel had resolved the issue.

The NCP insisted RAID re-submit its complaint in April 2005. RAID was allowed to participate in the proceedings in April 2005, but under very restrictive and summary procedures. RAID was able to comment on the NCP’s draft statement, which was the only area in which the UK NCP followed the Guidelines’ complaint procedures. The majority of issues raised in the complaint were disallowed by the NCP on grounds that they had been “resolved” by the UN Panel. The final statement was highly unsatisfactory for the complainants and did not incorporate any of its recommendations.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Industrias extractivas / Sector minero, Los derechos humanos, Prácticas anticompetencia, Participación política, Medio Ambiente, Organización de las Naciones Unidas, Conflicto violento, Soborno / Corrupción

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point United Kingdom
NCP address 1-19 Victoria Street SW1H 0ET London, United Kingdom
NCP website www.berr.gov.uk
Other NCPs involved

Complainant

ONG

Company Information

Company responsible Oryx National Resources
Company address
London
United Kingdom
Company website http://www.oryxnaturalresources.com/
Company in violation Oryx National Resources
Country of operations Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

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Date Actor Action Description Document
1 June 2005 National Contact Point United Kingdom declaración NCP’s comments on the file issued by RAID. According to the NCP, “There appears to be little confidence between the two parties in this instance and no prospect of an agreed settlement. The NCP is unable to form any further conclusion over the application of the Guidelines”. download pdf (145Kb)  
6 May 2005 Rights and Accountability in Development informe Timeline of proceedings of the Oryx case from October 2002 until May 2005. download pdf (23Kb)  
28 June 2004 Rights and Accountability in Development presentar RAID sometí una queja contra Oryx ante el PNC británico. download pdf (49Kb)  

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