According to Amnesty International, human rights organization, electronics bigwigs including Apple, Samsung and Sony are not doing background checks on the minerals they are using in manufacturing their devices.
Amnesty tabled a report on cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The report unveiled children as young as seven years old working in cobalt mines and under very dangerous conditions. This mineral Cobalt is a vital component of the lithium-ion batteries used to power electronic devices.
DRC produces about half of all Cobalt supplied in the world. However, miners working in the DRC Cobalt mines work under high risks of fatal accidents and could face long-term health complications. That is according to Amnesty.
Amnesty says that in the period between September 2014 and December 2015, at least, 80 miners have died underground in the mines located in southern DRC. The human rights organization also says it has collected testimonies of children who allege that they have been working in the DRC Cobalt mines.
One 14-year-old orphan, Paul says he began working at Cobalt mines at the age of 12. He told the researchers, “I would spend 24 …read more