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Article

13 Feb 2013

Author:
Angus Shaw, AP

Monitors criticize Belgium on Zimbabwe diamonds

[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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