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5 April 2013

Mugabe in the money with gems lifeline

Author: Simeon Kerr in Dubai and Andrew England in Johannesburg, Financial Times

Over the past five years Dubai – known for its relentless pursuit of new markets and willingness to deal with all manner of regimes – has become a significant conduit for legal Zimbabwean exports of rough diamonds...Officials in Dubai say they did not...

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25 March 2013

EU suspends sanctions against most Zimbabwe officials

Author: BBC

The European Union has suspended sanctions against 81 officials and eight firms in Zimbabwe. The decision followed a "peaceful, successful and credible" referendum on a new constitution...the EU said in a statement. However, sanctions will remain in...

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13 February 2013

Monitors criticize Belgium on Zimbabwe diamonds

Author: Angus Shaw, AP

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group, ZMDC to respond. Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group response provided. ZMDC did not respond]. The eastern Zimbabwe fields of Marange, where diamonds...

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6 November 2012

Meeting Summary: Diamonds and Human Rights in Zimbabwe [PDF]

Author: Farai Maguwu, Zimbabwe Center for Natural Resource Governance; Louise Arimatsu, Chatham House

Diamonds have become the lifeblood of the Mugabe regime...In November 2009, the national army...in Marange [diamond fields]...massacred hundreds of people. Women were raped and people were rounded up...and tortured without food and water...Some ...

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9 March 2012

[PDF] Statement by the Kimberly Process Civil Society Coalition Representatives in Zimbabwe on the visit to Marange Diamond Fields

Author: Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition in Zimbabwe

The KP Civil Society Coalition Representatives in Zimbabwe, having accessed the Marange Diamond Fields and relocated families on the 7th and 8th of March 2012 respectively, hereby note that:...

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5 March 2012

Zim’s illicit gem trade thriving underground [Zimbabwe]

Author: South Africa Press Agency (SAPA)

...“Abuses are still very common and we receive regular reports from CCDT local human rights monitors,” said [Melanie] Chiponda [of the Chiadzwa Community Development Trust (CCDT)]. She cited beatings by guards at the Chinese-joint venture Anjin...

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5 December 2011

Global Witness leaves Kimberley Process, calls for diamond trade to be held accountable

Author: Global Witness

Global Witness today announced that it has left the Kimberley Process, the international certification scheme established to stop the trade in blood diamonds. The Kimberley Process’s refusal to evolve and address the clear links between diamonds,...

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1 November 2011

Kimberley Process Clears Zimbabwe Diamonds for Export; US Chairmanship Mooted

Author: Sandra Nyaira & Violet Gonda, Voice of America

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, meeting...cleared Zimbabwe to resume the supervised export of diamonds from its troubled Marange field...Sources said that under the new Kimberley deal, the United States might assume the group's deputy...

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8 August 2011

Marange diamond field: Zimbabwe torture camp discovered

Author: Hilary Andersson, BBC News

A torture camp run by Zimbabwe's security forces is operating in the country's rich Marange diamond fields…The main torture camp...is known locally as "Diamond Base". Witnesses said it is a remote collection of military tents, with an outdoor razor...

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11 March 2011

Bennett slams multi-nationals for “corporate greed, wilful negligence” [Zimbabwe]

Author: The Zimbabwean

Any process of enriching individuals or companies connected to the infamous criminal syndicate that is Zanu (PF) will be nullified once the MDC is in power, MDC-T minister of agriculture designate, Roy Bennett...[said] in Cape Town yesterday......

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