UPDATE 1-Rights group calls on Rio Tinto to fix damage from old Papua New Guinea mine
(Reuters) - An Australian human rights group has called on Rio Tinto Ltd to fund a review of health and safety issues it says plagues people near a huge copper mine in Papua New Guinea that the company ran for nearly two decades. The review would be a starting point for talks around compensation and rehabilitation of the Panguna site that was run by Rio Tinto unit Bougainville Copper (BCL) from the early 1970s to 1990, the Human Rights Law Centre in Melbourne said. Rio Tinto said it acknowledged the concerns of some civil society groups alleging past and current environmental and human rights issues. Miners have come under pressure from investors to act in the best interest of all stakeholders, including local communities. So far, miners have not been forced to account for mines they operated in the past, or those they inherited, but growing access to the internet in remote areas has allowed civil society groups to gather material to challenge them.