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Marange Critical to Zimbabwe Reforms, Says NGO
Global Witness is calling for improved transparency in Zimbabwe’s diamond sector, pitching it as a test case for the new president’s economic reforms.“The new government’s handling of the Marange diamond industry will be a clear indication of whether its...
Mining Dec 09, 2018 Rapaport News
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NGOs Slam Industry’s Human-Rights Efforts
Civil-society groups have lashed out at the diamond trade over its apparent leniency in preventing human-rights abuses from tainting the supply chain. The recent update to the World Diamond Council’s (WDC) System of Warranties...
Fair Trade Nov 13, 2018 Rapaport News
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Violence Limiting CAR Diamond Exports
Continued violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) ismaking it impossible for the nation to develop its diamond sector, according to the World DiamondCouncil (WDC). A massacre in Bria left 30 people dead last week — thelatest in a string...
Rough Markets Oct 25, 2018 Leah Meirovich
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Diamonds Still Linked to Conflict – Civil Society
Civil-society groups have lashed out at the lack of transparency in the diamond industry, claiming the trade continues to be linked to human-rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. “Although the diamond industry is not the only sector...
Fair Trade Jul 31, 2018 Avi Krawitz
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Zimbabwe to Hold First Diamond Sale in a Year
Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) will auction 1.56 million carats of diamonds over the next two months, its firstsales in a year, Reuters reported Thursday. The state-owned miner last held a sale in March 2017,...
Mining Feb 25, 2018 Rapaport News
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Antwerp Refutes Global Witness’s Zimbabwe Claims
Belgium’s diamond industry has refuted allegations bynon-profit organization Global Witness that illicit goods from Zimbabwe havebeen traded in Antwerp.Dealers in Antwerp bought and sold diamonds from Zimbabwethat may have funded human-rights violations,...
Rough Markets Sep 14, 2017 Rapaport News
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Global Witness Urges Trade to Improve CAR Checks
Global Witness has called on diamond buyers to step up their due diligence when trading with the Central African Republic (CAR) so as to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the international market.Last month, the organization published...
Rough Markets Jul 12, 2017 Rapaport News
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CAR Claims Diamond Smuggling Slowing
The Central African Republic (CAR) defended itself recently againstallegations that dealers were smuggling rough diamonds out of the country usingsocial media, arguing that the phenomenon was becoming less common.A report by Global...
Rough Markets Jul 10, 2017 Rapaport News
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Global Witness Warns of CAR Diamond Smuggling
Smugglers are using social-media platforms such asFacebook and WhatsApp to get diamonds out of the Central African Republic (CAR)and into international markets, Global Witness claimed in a report last week.A representative from the organization...
Rough Markets Jun 26, 2017 Joshua Freedman
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OFAC Adds Sino Zim and Sam Pa to Sanctions List
The U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which lists specially designated nationals and blocked persons, all of whom U.S. citizens and business must avoid when conducting business transactions, added Sino...
Rough Markets Apr 17, 2014 Jeff Miller
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Guinea Corruption Inquiry Moves to Strip Steinmetz of Iron Concession
Press Release: A government committee in Guinea today recommended stripping diamond billionaire Beny Steinmetz of one of the world's biggest iron ore concessions on evidence that his company bribed the president's wife.In a new report on what...
Financial-Legal Apr 10, 2014 Global Witness
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EU Preps to Lift Sanctions on ZMDC
Special interest leaks from the European Union (EU) signaled that the governing body would be lifting sanctions on the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), which controls Zimbabwe's minerals, next month. However, an official...
Fair Trade Sep 18, 2013 Jeff Miller
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Global Witness Urges SADC to Investigate Zimbabwe's Polls
As residents of Zimbabwe hit the polls today in the country's presidential election, Global Witness called upon the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to fully investigate claims that President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party is attempting...
Rough Markets Jul 31, 2013 Jeff Miller
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Global Witness Welcomes Continued EU Sanctions on ZMDC
Global Witness welcomed the European Union's (EU) decision to keep the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) on the list of sanctioned businesses, at least for now. One week ago, the group requested the EU add...
Fair Trade Feb 19, 2013 Jeff Miller
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Global Witness Ties Diamond Business with Funding Mugabe's Military
Global Witness called for urgent action to prevent a businessman in China from financing Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's military regime. According to the group's report published today, ''Financing a Parallel Government?,'' Global Witness revealed that...
Fair Trade Jun 26, 2012 Jeff Miller
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The Apple Effect
The recent protests against the labor conditions at tech giant Apple’s manufacturing facilities in China should serve as a wake-up call for the diamond industry. At the end of the day, ill-advised corporate social responsibility and...
Rough Markets Feb 17, 2012 Avi Krawitz
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Competitive NGO’s
The recent withdrawal of Global Witness from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) generated much press coverage and interest. The move was inevitable but timely. The group’s frustrations reached a tipping point...
Fair Trade Dec 16, 2011 Avi Krawitz
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Partnership Africa Canada Commits to Kimberley Process
Partnership Africa Canada (PAC), a founding member of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KP) civil society coalition, has pledged to stay in the scheme despite the withdrawal of its partner Global Witness last week. PAC...
Fair Trade Dec 11, 2011 Avi Krawitz
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Global Witness Withdraws From Kimberley Process
Global Witness has withdrawn from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme charging that the organization has no interest to implement much needed reforms. ''Nearly nine years after the Kimberley Process was launched, the...
Fair Trade Dec 05, 2011 Avi Krawitz
Civil Society Expresses Vote of No Confidence for Kimberley Process
Press Release: Activist organisations today expressed a vote of no confidence in the Kimberley Process, and walked out of the scheme’s meeting in Kinshasa, in protest at its failure to address human rights abuses associated with the diamond trade.The Kimberley Process rough diamond certification scheme was designed to break the...
Fair Trade Jun 23, 2011 Global Witness
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