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1 Jan 2013

Global Witness

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

[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.