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18 Okt 2006

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[DOC] Business & Human Rights Resource Centre highlights reported abuses in Angola’s diamond industry and obtains company responses

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre...invites responses from companies when serious allegations of misconduct are made. This process helps ensure our work is balanced and encourages companies to publicly address concerns. Below is a recent example of this company response process, indicating how it provokes public discussion of important issues, and may lead to change on the ground...The report Operation Kissonde: The diamonds of humiliation and misery, by independent Angolan journalist Rafael Marques...describes “profoundly sadistic” abuses by security companies employed by diamond firms in Cuango, Angola, including killings, beatings, sexual abuse and torture...Eventually all five companies sent a response: ENDIAMA (Angola), ITM Mining (Angola), Lazare Kaplan International or LKI (USA), Lev Leviev (Israel), and Odebrecht (Brazil). Rafael Marques then issued rejoinders to LKI and to Odebrecht. [also refers to Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Mineiro (SDM, joint venture ENDIAMA & Odebrecht), Sociedade Mineira do Cuango (SMC, joint venture ITM Mining, ENDIAMA & Lumanhe), Sociedade Mineira Luminas (joint venture Lev Leviev, ENDIAMA & Twins Ltd.); security firms Alfa-5, Teleservice, K&P Mineira]