Five of the world's largest technology companies have been accused of complicity in the deaths of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who were forced to work in cobalt mines, a metal used in the manufacture of mobile phones and computers, in a historic legal process.
The complaint, filed on behalf of 14 Congolese families, was filed by the US-based non-profit organization International Rights Advocates against Tesla, Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft and Dell Technologies.
According to the complaint, the targets are part of the forced labor system that families accuse of causing death and serious injuries to 14 children. This is the first lawsuit that calls into question the technology industry regarding the conditions for obtaining their essential raw material.
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