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RAID vs. Alex Stewart (Assayers) Ltd

Case overview

Date filed 28 June 2004
Current status Withdrawn
Issue UK companies & illegal resource exploitation in DRC
Summary of the case In October 2002, a United Nations Panel of Experts accused 85 OECD-based companies of violating the Guidelines for their direct or indirect roles in the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Panel alleged that “elite networks” of political and military elites and businesspersons fueled the conflict in order to retain their control over the country’s vast natural resources. The Panel accused Alex Stewart (Assayers) Ltd. of acting as an assayer for Eagle Wings Resources International, a company that according to the Panel was trading in coltan from Rwanda-controlled eastern DRC. The Panel stated that EWRI received privileged access to coltan sites and captive labour, because of its close ties to the Rwandan military (see: FoE US & RAID vs. Trinitech).


Developments/Outcome The cases against Alex Stewart (Assayers) Ltd has been blocked by the UK NCP. The UK NCP claimed the case was resolved by the UN Panel and could not be reopened. Due to the NCP’s inaction, RAID withdrew the complaint.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Supply chain, Extractives / mining sector, Human rights, Forced labour, Parallel (legal) proceedings, United Nations, Violent conflict

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

NGO

Company Information

Company responsible Alex Stewart (Assayers) Limited
Company address Caddick Road
L34 9ER Knowsley
United Kingdom
Company website http://www.alexstewart.com/
Company in violation Eagle Wings Resources International
Country of operations Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
28 February 2007 Rights and Accountability in Development case dropped RAID withdraws the complaint. The UK NCP claims the case has been resolved by the UN Panel and cannot be reopened.  
28 June 2004 Rights and Accountability in Development file Complaint filed with UK NCP. download pdf (49Kb)  

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