“The Central African Republic (Government) is urgently advised to resolutely follow a policy that is based more firmly on the struggle against impunity,” the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in the country, known by its French acronym BONUCA, says.Drawn up by BONUCA’s human rights section, the report cites a serious worsening of the security situation in the north of the country where Government forces, rebels and highway bandits have been active, all of whom committed atrocities. In the south-east, the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been reported to be operating.But most violations are attributed to the forces of order. “In effect, these agents do not respect the ban on torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, nor that on arbitrary arrest and detention,” says the report, which covers the first six months of 2008. “The forces of defence and security whose mission is to protect the civilian population blithely violate the laws of war. In their operations against rebels or bandits they make no distinction between those who have taken up arms and civilians… In reprisal raids, the military burn houses, execute people rightly or wrongly accused of complicity with rebels or bandits.”The report cites the case of soldiers parading a vehicle in the town of Bouar with severed heads that they claimed belonged to highway bandits they had shot.Meanwhile, the bandits – who, according to information received by BONUCA, could be Chadians – torture travellers, plunder local residents, and kidnap women and children for ransom. The rebel Armée populaire pour la restauration de la democratie (APRD) prevents some residents from moving around. The presence of both bandits and the defence forces has also forced thousands of villagers who had returned to their homes after a previous flight to flee to the bush again. In Haut Mbomou district in the south-east, 300 armed men from Uganda, whose modus operandi resembled that of the LRA, kidnapped 150 people, including 55 children and physically abused them. Several women said they had been raped. BONUCA has also tallied cases of torture and cruel treatment across the board in detention centres. Police carry out arbitrary arrests and detentions in flagrant violation of the penal code under which they must be brought before a magistrate within 48 hours. BONUCA reports “a climate of perfect cooperation” with representatives of state human rights bodies and this has enabled some infringements of the law by the judiciary to be corrected. But, it concludes, “the Central African authorities must take urgent concrete actions. “Impunity remains the major factor in the persistence of extrajudicial and arbitrary executions,” it adds, calling for investigations into all allegations of human rights violations and the effective punishment of the perpetrators. 10 October 2008Extrajudicial killings, torture and arbitrary arrests, mostly attributed to the defence and security forces and encouraged by a culture of impunity, have contributed to a considerable deterioration in human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to a United Nations report released today.
Bluejay Mining provides an update on activities at the Dundas ilmenite project in Greenland and outlines its plans for 2018 as it continues to advance the project towards the commencement of mining. Dundas fieldwork is due to commence in June 2018 and is expected to continue until October 2018.Resource expansion at Dundas:Iterlak is the primary focus with plans to significantly increase resources there – based on internal estimates, the company plans to define resources in excess of 100 MtShallow Marine – An assessment for potential measurable mineralisation is due from SRK Exploration Services Ltd in H2 2018Finalising licencing applications:Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) & Social Impact Assessment (SIA) are ongoing but await finalisation of the mine plan, which is being designed in the forthcoming PFS and is expected shortlyExploitation licence application due to be submitted at the end of this field season, following completion of the EIA and SIACustomer Acceptance programs continue to progress well – additional parties to receive samplesA mining fleet has been purchased to commence Civil Engineering works:Complete the 2018 bulk sampling programBuild the ROM (run-of-mine) padStockpile high grade materialCommence earthworks around the planned plant and port site.Disko-Nuussuaq: 2018 exploration program to refine targets further in expanded licence areaBluejay CEO Roderick McIllree said: “2018 has already been a successful year for Bluejay with a £17 million raise executed and a 400% increase on the JORC Code compliant maiden mineral resource achieved, which not only reaffirms Dundas as the world’s highest-grade ilmenite project but also shows our significant scale. Our primary focus now is to ensure that we maintain our momentum towards production. To achieve this, our first objective is to finalise and submit our relevant exploitation licence applications to the Government of Greenland, which we should be in a position to do by the end of this field season. Alongside this, in light of the significant JORC Code compliant mineral resource uplift announced on 23 April 2018, we intend to undertake targeted exploration work to realise the considerable further potential of our project; there is a lot more here that will be demonstrated over time. In particular, Iterlak was the surprise discovery of 2017 and when one looks at the results obtained from Iterlak it is clear this area offers substantial growth opportunity. The company believes that this target area has the potential to surpass the already company-making Moriusaq resource and we are excited to further prove the value proposition of this core component of the >30 km long licence area.“In tandem with our highly active development and expansion programme at Dundas, we will also be setting our sights on translating historical exploration achievements at our Disko-Nuussuaq Magmatic Massive Sulphide (MMS) nickel-copper-platinum-cobalt project in Greenland into significant new verifiable discoveries. We have seven historically identified significant MMS targets at our newly enlarged Disko licence area, with the largest being 5.9 km long by 1.1 km wide. We look forward to updating shareholders separately on these work programs in due course. We are confident that Disko could be among the great MMS systems of the world.”