Blood Diamonds Still Exist
PLEASE CARE WHERE YOUR DIAMONDS COME FROM
YOU MAY BE DYING TO WEAR A DIAMOND, BUT MAKE
SURE NO ONE DIED SUPPLYING YOU WITH THAT DIAMOND.
"BLOOD DIAMONDS" ARE VERY REAL. BE RESPONSIBLE AND
DON'T BUY OR WEAR DIAMONDS FROM THE MARANGE
FIELDS IN ZIMBABWE.
FROM HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH:
In July 2010, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme,
an international body that oversees the diamond trade,
decided to lift its one-year ban on exports of diamonds from
the Marange fields, despite finding serious human rights abuses
and rampant smuggling during its own investigation there.
Its weak excuse was a technicality in its mandate that defines
blood diamonds as those mined by abusive rebel groups, not
by abusive governments.
Human Rights Watch continues to call for the withdrawal of the
army from the diamond fields, an end to ongoing abuses,
and investigations into human rights abuses that have
taken place since 2007.
Responsible consumers should not buy diamonds from
Zimbabwe’s Marange fields.
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