According to Commodity on Line, " ..diamonds from Zimbabwe, Africa continue to fund murders, forced labor, rape, and political oppression." The monitoring organization called the Kimberly Process (KP), intended to prevent blood diamonds continues to certify diamonds from Zimbabwe.
So when KP fails to do its job, then diamonds marked with "conflict free" certification hit the market even though they originated from diamond mining where unspeakable human suffering has resulted.
My advice? Don't rest easy when you buy your next diamond. Better yet... buy some other stone that doesn't have such a bloody, greedy and corrupt association. Personally, I don't buy or wear diamonds. I'd rather wear something without such a tainted history. The whole marketing of diamonds turns me away... but that's a story for another day.
I read at prlog.org today that approximately 50% of the $57.8 billion American jewelry market comes from diamonds. What percentage are 'blood diamonds' has not been determined, but what is known is that the diamond business is still bloody and still corrupt. People are still losing their lives because of greed in the diamond industry.
I've been regularly posting information under Featured Blogs. Lately, I posted a petition to demand justice in San Salvador for women sexually assaulted by police officers. Petitions are powerful tools for the activist. I've witnessed many good changes this last year as a result of people speaking out. There's also an interesting posting on the Ethical Clothing Pledge. It's amazing what some people are doing to make a difference!
I've updated information about Uzbekistan regarding child slavery in their cotton fields. Anyone truly interested in buying slave free clothing should be aware of what atrocities continue to go on in that country.
I've also updated Saving America's Mustangs. It's a must read for any horse lover. It has a youtube interview about the debate between activists and the BLM.