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Binding regulation is required to end conflict minerals trade, says NGO briefing

Author: Global Witness Amnesty International, SOMO and others, Published on: 4 February 2015

"A conflict minerals regulation that works", Feb 2015

The trade in natural resources fuels some of the world's most deadly conflicts and worst forms of human rights abuse...[C]ompanies must commit to sourcing and trading these resources responsibly. This is where the EU must show leadership by doing more to promote and support responsible sourcing in Europe...A narrow voluntary scheme is a backwards step that undermines international responsible sourcing standards...A key step...is a strong, binding regulation on responsible sourcing of conflict minerals. The Commission's proposed voluntary approach is not enough.

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