Campaigners urge investigation of Trafigura

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Campaigners in the United Kingdom are calling for a criminal investigation to be launched against Dutch-based company Trafigura over the 2006 dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast claims the waste killed 17 people and caused thousands of cases of poisoning. Environmental group Greenpeace and human rights group Amnesty have just released a 250-page report after a three year investigation into the disaster. They say both the UK and Dutch authorities failed to stop the dumping or investigate Trafigura’s role.

Reacting in a statement,Trafigura said: “"The report contains significant inaccuracies and misrepresentations. The report oversimplifies difficult legal issues,"

Trafigura has always denied that the waste was dangerous. The company had earlier been found guilty by a Dutch court of illegally exporting waste from the Netherlands, but that case did not consider what happened afterwards in Ivory Coast.