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1 Sep 2006

Angola - diamonds: Responses by diamond companies to report on abuses related to diamond mining in Cuango, Angola

Responses by diamond companies to report on abuses related to diamond mining in Cuango, Angola

In September 2006, independent journalist Rafael Marques published a report "Operation Kissonde: the diamonds of humiliation and misery", in English and in Portuguese.  The Financial Times and Reuters published articles about the report.  The report raises serious concerns about killings, torture, beatings & other abuses by security companies employed by diamond firms in Cuango, Angola, and includes responses by two of the security companies.  The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited five diamond companies to respond to the report.  The companies' responses & rejoinders to the responses by Rafael Marques are available below.  If Rafael Marques or the companies provide further comments, we will post them here.

  1. ENDIAMA (Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola) response [DOC] (in English)
    Resposta da ENDIAMA (Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola) [DOC] (no português)
  2. ITM Mining response - Page 1 [JPEG] 
    ITM Mining response - Page 2 [JPEG]
  3. Lazare Kaplan response [PDF]
            Rafael Marques rejoinder to LKI [DOC]
  4. Lev Leviev Group response [DOC]
  5. Odebrecht (Angola) response [PDF]
             Rafael Marques rejoinder to Odebrecht [DOC]

Summary [DOC] of the process of seeking the diamond companies’ responses, by the Resource Centre

Africa Mining Intelligence published an article about the report & the companies' responses (in English and in French).

"Angola: The New Blood Diamonds" [DOC] - Talk by Rafael Marques at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 29 November 2006

Company Responses

Endiama (Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola) View Response
ITM Mining View Response
ITM Mining

No Response

Lazare Kaplan View Response
Lev Leviev Group View Response
Odebrecht View Response