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Civil society calls for more comprehensive regulation on conflict minerals at upcoming EU Parliament vote

Author: CIDSE, Published on: 4 May 2015

"European Parliament's upcoming "conflict minerals" vote: A more comprehensive responsible sourcing requirement is needed to meet the demands of 140 Church leaders"

On Tuesday 19 May 2015, the European Parliament will vote...on the regulation on responsible mineral sourcing...This will be a key opportunity to enhance the very weak draft law voted on...14th...April by MEPs sitting in the International Trade...committee...Contrary to the wishes of many citizens..., the regulation as now proposed...will not prevent natural resources extracted through abusive practices from entering the...electronic devices sold by European companies...140 Church leaders from 38 countries on 5 continents have signed a statement which was first released in October 2014...Church leaders demanded a "mandatory due diligence system" together with "shared responsibility by companies along the entire supply chain" to guarantee the respect of human rights...Church leaders demanded "consistency in the range of natural resources covered" to include all natural resources that fuel human rights abuses...

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