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Judge Grants Bail to Maguwu
Farai Maguwu, the director of the Centre for Research and Development, was granted bail in Zimbabwe after spending more than one month in jail, based upon state allegations that he had given false information to Kimberley Process (KP) monitor Abbey Chikane. Maguwu had been denied...
Fair Trade Jul 12, 2010 Jeff Miller
Rapaport TradeWire July 9, 2010
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Mining Jul 08, 2010 Rapaport
Amnesty Intl. Calls for Maguwu's Immediate Release
Press Release: Amnesty International today called upon the government of Zimbabwe to release an activist, Farai Maguwu, who was detained after he exposed human rights violations in the country's Marange diamond fields. The organization said it considers Maguwu a prisoner of conscience who is being persecuted for documenting abuses...
Fair Trade Jul 06, 2010 Amnesty International
Zimbabwe Court Denies Maguwu Bail Again
Centre for Research and Development (CRD) director Farai Maguwu was again denied bail today in Zimbabwe, following a court hearing, according to a source. Maguwu was jailed 28 days ago for allegedly giving what the state claimed were falsified documents to Kimberley Process (KP) monitor Abbey...
Fair Trade Jul 02, 2010 Jeff Miller
Just Say No
When former First Lady Nancy Reagan embarked on a campaign to fight the war on drugs, rather than legalize the use of harmful substances, she championed a drive to resist their temptations that would span decades. In the past few weeks, proponents of legitimizing Zimbabwe’s Marange diamonds have argued...
Fair Trade Jul 01, 2010 Avi Krawitz
WDC Did Not Give Zim a 'Green Light' to Sell Rough
In a story published by the Zimbabwe Guardian today, Mines Minister Obert Mpofu was quoted as saying that the World Diamond Council (WDC) "has given Zimbabwe the green light to sell its diamonds, a move that would see the country contributing 25 percent of the world’s diamonds."WDC's president,...
Fair Trade Jun 28, 2010 Jeff Miller
Mugabe Appoints New Commander at Chiadzwa Diamond Fields
Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe, appointed his friend Brigadier General Douglas Nyikayaramba to command the Chiadzwa diamond fields, according to The Zimbabwean newspaper. Nyikayaramba's promotion gives him the power to run the third infantry brigade in Mutare. He replaces Brigadier General Richman Ncube, who, it was alleged,...
Fair Trade Jun 25, 2010 Jeff Miller
Kimberley Process Meeting Ends in Impasse
Update at 11:50 a.m. in New York: An intersessional meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP) closed this afternoon in Tel Aviv, following an extended discussion on Zimbabwe's rough diamond exportation compliance. According to a statement posted on the Facebook page of the KP, "In question was the continued implementation of the joint...
Rough Markets Jun 24, 2010 Deena Taylor, Avi Krawitz
NGOs Warn It Is Becoming Difficult to Justify KP
The nongovernmental arm of the Kimberley Process (KP) warned that it is questioning its participation in the scheme based on current issues with Zimbabwe. “It's getting more and more difficult to explain the crisis in Zimbabwe's diamond sector. It's very hard to explain decisions that are made behind...
Rough Markets Jun 22, 2010 Deena Taylor, Avi Krawitz
Zimbabwe Denies Diamond Campaigner Bail
A Zimbabwe court has denied bail to Farai Maguwu, the head of a local nongovernment organization (NGO) focused on monitoring abuses around the Marange diamond fields, despite pressure from global human rights groups to free him.Maguwu was arrested in early June and charged with providing false information...
Rough Markets Jun 21, 2010 Avi Krawitz
Human Rights Watch Calls on KP to Halt Zimbabwe Diamond Trade
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Rough Markets Jun 21, 2010 Human Rights Watch
Groups Up Their Demands Ahead of KP Meeting
Global Witness, Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) and Green Advocates Liberia have demanded the immediate release of Farai Maguwu from Zimbabwe prison. Maguwu is the director of the Mutare-based Centre for Research and Development (CRD), a group that has monitored conditions in the diamond fields of Zimbabwe...
Financial-Legal Jun 18, 2010 Jeff Miller
To Civil Society
Much of what transpires at next week’s Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) intercessional meeting in Tel Aviv hinges on the actions of civil society - the human rights groups that account for one of the scheme’s three branches. Both Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) and Global Witness, the...
Rough Markets Jun 17, 2010 Avi Krawitz
PAC Calls on the KP to Suspend Zimbabwe
Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) has called upon the Kimberley Process (KP) to suspend Zimbabwe from its certification scheme before the KP meeting to be held in Tel Aviv later this month.“The Zimbabwe authorities have been given ample opportunity to demilitarize and legitimize its diamond industry, to respect...
Rough Markets Jun 14, 2010 Avi Krawitz
Market Comments 6/10/2010
JCK Las Vegas fuels optimism for U.S. retail but buying at show still driven by Far East and Indian buyers. 3 ct certs hot. High prices for large diamonds generating buyer resistance. Good demand for 1-2 ct, G-I, VS-SI. Demand for SI-I1 very strong...
Rough Markets Jun 10, 2010
Rapaport TradeWire June 11, 2010
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Rough Markets Jun 10, 2010 Rapaport
De Beers Urges Sightholder Vigilance Over Marange
De Beers has warned its customers to be extra cautious to ensure they are not dealing in goods originating from Zimbabwe’s Marange mine. In a letter to sightholders, the company said that in view of recent reports suggesting Marange goods will soon be exported, discretion is advised in purchasing goods throughout the region...
Rough Markets Jun 10, 2010 Avi Krawitz
Global Witness Rejects Claim That Zimbabwe Diamonds Are Clean
Press Release: State-sponsored violence and human rights abuses are still taking place in the diamond fields of eastern Zimbabwe in contrast to claims made in a leaked report from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) monitor, said campaign group Global Witness today. Global Witness has serious...
Mining Jun 08, 2010 Global Witness
KP Monitor Says Zimbabwe Is Compliant
Zimbabwe has met the minimum requirements to gain Kimberley Process (KP) certification for diamonds from its Marange fields, Abbey Chikane, the KP monitor for the country, told Rapaport News. Chikane could not comment further at this time, but confirmed that a report from his...
Mining Jun 08, 2010 Avi Krawitz
Zimbabwe NGO Director Turns Himself Over to Police
Farai Maguwu, director of Zimbabwe’s Centre for Research and Development (CRD), turned himself into police on Thursday, following a raid on CRD's offices the previous week, The New York Times reported.Maguwu was charged with providing false information to Kimberley Process (KP) monitor Abbey Chikane during...
Rough Markets Jun 06, 2010 Avi Krawitz
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