30 Aug '11, 1pm

Blood Diamonds Are Not Romantic

Blood Diamonds Are Not Romantic

This reinstatement of the label conflict-free is such a controversial issue, as the BBC’s Panorama programme recently reported, because the situation in the Marange fields is horrendous . By late 2008, mining in the area was being carried out by soldiers, using local villagers for forced labour. The documentary amassed evidence of a systematic massacre in 2008 where it is thought that police and soldiers cleared the area of an unknown number of civilians illegally searching for diamonds. The military operation was concealed and despite journalists presenting evidence to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, it is unknown at this time if any prosecution will happen.

Full article: http://www.thegoodhuman.com/2011/08/30/conflict-free-diam...

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