Congolese families whose children have been severely injured or killed while mining cobalt for the world’s largest tech companies have filed a U.S. lawsuit against the corporations.

Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla are named in the suit filed by International Rights Advocates on behalf of 14 parents and children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, accuses the companies of “knowingly benefiting from and aiding and abetting the cruel and brutal use of young children in Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) to mine cobalt, a key component of every rechargeable lithium-ion battery used in the electronic devices these companies manufacture.”



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