14 Sep '11, 8pm

Why "Conflict-Free" Diamonds Are Unreliable: Kimberley Process is "Pandora's Box" of Ethical Issues

Why "Conflict-Free" Diamonds Are Unreliable: Kimberley Process is "Pandora's Box" of Ethical Issues

The Focus Is On Zimbabwe, But It's A Global Issue Rapaport was referring to the KP certification of more than $200 million worth of diamonds from Zimbabwe's Marange fields, which are notorious for human rights abuses , including state police and private security guards "shooting, beating and unleashing attack dogs" on local miners. Reports have come out that Marange diamonds have also been sold illegally and traded for arms that end up with a rebel group in Mozambique. Rapaport said the Marange fields opened up a "Pandora's box of complex ethical, legal and financial issues" for the industry. A new analysis from Partnership Africa Canada , which played a key role in creating the scheme to begin with, showed that the Kimberley Process is "unable and unwilling to hold to account participating countries that repeatedly break the rules." "Unless governments are willing to supp...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/09/why-conflict-free...

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