Diamond companies Anjin & ZMDC should be subject to EU sanctions over alleged financing of human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, says Global Witness

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Company non-response
22 May 2013

Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) did not respond to: Global Witness raises concerns about off-budget diamond revenues paid by Anjin & ZMDC allegedly funding human rights abuses during past & forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe.

Company response
7 April 2013

Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group response

Author: Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group

...安津公司是一家负责人的合资公司,公司内部中津双方的合作完全合乎法律要求,属于正规的合作关系,以合作共赢为基础,以为津巴布韦各界民众谋福祉为宗旨...《全球见证》曾多次在各种媒体对安津公司进行不实报道,其所报道内容没有事实依据,完全是在信息拼凑基础上的胡乱猜测及臆断,严重地违背了一个国际组织公平公正的原则,践踏了一个国际组织的道德标准。他们带着对津巴布韦政府的偏见,对安津公司以及安徽省外经建设(集团)有限公司进行没有事实依据的无端诋毁。

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Article
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 are mined, have long been mired in allegations of killings, human rights violations and corruption...Global Witness called for [Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation] to remain strictly bound by European restrictions and said Anjin, [a Chinese joint venture diamond mining company [between Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group and Zimbabwean partners] with links to senior Zimbabwean military officials, should be added to the European sanctions list...Last year, Global Witness said illicit diamond revenues had provided off-budget financing to security forces controlled by Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party that had a history of violence and intimidation surrounding elections.

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Article
1 January 2013

[PDF] Zimbabwe’s diamond sector and EU restrictive measures: Briefing for policy makers

Author: Global Witness

[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]. Global Witness is calling on European governments to add diamond mining company, Anjin Investments [joint venture between Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group and Zimbabwean partners]...to the list of...entities affected by EU restrictive measures...[and to] maintain sanctions against...Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC)...Together with the presence of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence on Anjin’s executive board...company records have led Global Witness to conclude that half...is likely part-owned and part-controlled by the Zimbabwean Ministry of Defence, military and police...Global Witness’ research has revealed that in several cases the true beneficiaries [of ZMDC revenues] are companies in part owned or controlled by members of the Zimbabwean security forces or individuals linked to the leadership of the ZANU-PF...[G]iven the reputation of the Zimbabwean security forces, there is a very real risk that off-budget financing might fund human rights abuses in the run up to the forthcoming election.

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