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Enough Project says comprehensive approach needed to stop minerals from eastern Congo fueling conflict

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24 April 2009

A Comprehensive Approach to Congo’s Conflict Minerals - Strategy Paper

Author: Enough Project

The Democratic Republic of the Congo...remains the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman or a girl...the trade in conflict minerals remains one of the key drivers of the conflict. The same armed groups that reap enormous profits from the mineral trade...regularly commit conscience-shocking atrocities... Companies that produce electronics that could contain conflict minerals...have a responsibility to ensure that their business dealings are not inadvertently helping to fuel atrocities... Electronics companies can pressure their suppliers and trace the minerals they use to ensure they do not originate from mines that are financing armed groups... A comprehensive strategy to end the trade in Congo’s conflict minerals should consist of four main parts:
1. Shining a light on the supply chain.
2. Identifying and securing strategic mines.
3. Reforming governance.
4. Supporting livelihoods and economic opportunities for miners.
[lists mines that "are particularly key to armed groups": Bisie (tin), Lueshe Pyrochlore (niobium), Bisembe, Misisi (gold)]

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1 April 2009

Electronics Companies Respond to the Enough Project

Author: Enough Project - Raise Hope For Congo

...Raise Hope for Congo Campaign is sounding the alarm: minerals vital to cell phones, computers, digital cameras and other electronics products are fueling the...war...in eastern Congo. As a first step toward educating electronics companies about their role in ensuring that Congo's minerals don't continue to fuel the ongoing crisis, a coalition of 32 organizations...sent a letter outlining our concerns to the 21 largest consumer electronics companies... Enough has received replies from 15 of the 21 companies, as well as a response from the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition, or EICC... These responses provide an opening for dialogue with the industry, but they also show how much work still needs to be done. Here is a summary of the most common responses from the electronics industry [with comments by Raise Hope for Congo Campaign]:... [refers to tracing of minerals & gold by Tiffany, Signet, Wal-Mart]

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