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22 Apr 2015

Tiffany Co., Leber Jeweler

Open statement calling for charges to be dropped against journalist Rafael Marques de Morais in Angola

We, the undersigned companies, are concerned over reports of human rights abuses in the diamond sector in Angola, and over efforts by the Angolan Government to criminally prosecute the award-winning journalist and human rights activist Rafael Marques de Morais on charges of libel against a number of Angolan generals... As jewelry firms, we wish to work toward a global diamond supply chain free from human rights abuses. We respectfully call on the Angolan Government to drop all charges against Rafael Marques. Furthermore, we request the Presidency to order the formation of an independent commission that will fairly and objectively investigate the allegations of human rights abuses committed against artisanal diamond mining communities reported by Rafael Marques.