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Zimbabwe Group to Lead KP Civil Society

ZELA takes over from Impact, which quit the organization in December.
Mar 4, 2018 3:42 AM   By Rapaport News
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The Civil Society Coalition (CSC) of the Kimberley Process (KP) has appointed the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) as its leader, according to a statement on the KP website.

ZELA will take over the leadership from Impact — formerly Partnership Africa Canada — which left the Kimberley Process in December, claiming the organization was ineffective in policing the diamond supply chain.

The CSC made the decision at a meeting in Antwerp last month, which World Diamond Council (WDC) president Stéphane Fischler and KP chair Hilde Hardeman also attended. Other discussions at the meeting included the coalition’s continued participation in the KP, the effects of diamond mining on local communities, and human-rights violations.

“The coalition is deeply concerned that the Kimberley Process continues to ignore the human cost of diamond mining and trade,” the CSC said.

The coalition reiterated that its concerns had been “largely ignored” by the KP. It also expressed hope that the new leadership of the KP for 2018, under the European Union’s stewardship, would help champion the CSC’s cause.
Tags: Civil Society Coalition, European Union, human-rights violations, impact, Kimberley Process, KP, Partnership Africa Canada, Rapaport News, Stéphane Fischler, WDC, World Diamond Council, ZELA, Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association
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