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"Angola: The New Blood Diamonds" - a public seminar by Rafael Marques

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29 November 2006

[DOC] Angola: The New Blood Diamonds

Author: Rafael Marques, public seminar at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London

...people from the diamond rich-areas of the Lundas, in North-eastern Angola, have trusted me with their personal stories as victims of systematic violence, humiliation and deprivation of their basic rights to survive. Diamonds are the cause of their suffering. The culprits are the government, the diamond companies and private security forces assigned to protect their business ventures. [refers to Alfa-5, Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Mineiro, Odebrecht, ITM Mining, Lev Leviev, Lazare Kaplan International (LKI), Endiama, Ascorp (Angola Selling Corporation - joint venture Endiama, Lev Leviev Group, Omega Diamonds) Sodiam (part of Endiama)]

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27 September 2006

Responses by diamond companies to report on abuses related to diamond mining in Cuango, Angola

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In September 2006, independent journalist Rafael Marques published his report "Operation Kissonde: the diamonds of humiliation and misery"... The report raises serious concerns about killings, torture, beatings & other abuses by security companies employed by diamond firms in Cuango, Angola, and includes responses by two of the security companies. The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited five diamond companies to respond to the report. The companies' responses are available below. [links to responses by Endiama, ITM Mining, Lazare Kaplan, Lev Leviev Group, Odebrecht; rejoinders by Rafael Marques to responses of Lazare Kaplan, Odebrecht]

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