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16 February 2009

[PDF] Metals in mobile phones help finance Congo atrocities - Annual industry meeting highlights need for due diligence on supplies

Author: Global Witness

As the Mobile World Congress opens in Barcelona...Global Witness is calling on mobile phone manufacturers to audit their supply chains in order to exclude minerals financing the armed conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. There is a direct...

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16 December 2009

[PDF] Any of our business? Human rights and the UK private sector

Author: UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights

Businesses must have regard to human rights in several different contexts. In the UK, businesses which perform a public function have duties under the Human Rights Act…This report considers this complex range of issues, starting from the position that...

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1 January 2010

Global Witness report accuses international community of ignoring role of natural resources in fuelling conflicts

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1 January 2010

[PDF] Lessons UNlearned: How the UN and Member States must do more to end natural resource-fuelled conflicts

Author: Global Witness

The will and the capacity of the United Nations...and Member States to deal with natural resource fuelled conflicts is weak. In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo...civilians die on a daily basis because of a war that is stoked by the international...

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1 February 2010

Born free and equal [subscription required]

Author: Nathan Skinner, StrategicRisk

…In order to avoid unwanted attention, businesses need to be aware of their moral and legal responsibilities…In the pursuit of resources or cheaper production costs, transnational corporations have set up operations in countries with repressive...

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11 May 2010
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Author: Faustin Kuediasala, Le Potentiel [Rép. dém. du Congo]

Le projet pilote sur la protection des minerais dans l'Est de la RDC a été, rapporte Radio Okapi sur son site Internet, lancé officiellement le vendredi 7 mai à Goma...Selon les responsables de l'« Initiative d'ITRI pour la chaîne d'approvisionnement...

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26 May 2010

New report assesses efforts to prevent minerals trade from funding armed groups in Eastern Dem. Rep of Congo, and outlines recommendations

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26 May 2010

[PDF] Promoting legal mineral trade in Africa's Great Lakes Region: A policy guide on professionalisation, formalisation and increased transparency

Author: Resource Consulting Services, sponsored by UK Department for International Development (DfID), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINBUZA), and the Crisis States Research Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

The report's recommendations are principally focussed on what the international community can do to support and progress the implementation of transparency processes in EDRC's [Eastern Dem. Rep of Congo] minerals trade. The recommendations also...

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26 July 2010

Global Witness takes UK government to court for failing to list UK companies trading Congo conflict minerals for UN sanctions

Author: Global Witness

The British government is acting unlawfully in refusing to put forward eligible UK companies and individuals trading in Congolese ‘conflict minerals' for targeted UN sanctions, said campaign group Global Witness today in an application to the High...

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1 May 2011

Video & article clarify what "conflict minerals" are & what companies are required to do under US legislation

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