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New EU law could help stop natural resource trade fuelling conflict
Author: Global Witness, Published on: 16 September 2013
A coalition of 59 non-governmental organisations...is calling on the European Commission to pass a strong law to prevent European businesses fuelling conflict and human rights abuses through their purchases of natural resources, such as tin, gold and diamonds...[A civil society position paper] sets out the key elements that must be included in EU legislation to compel European businesses to carry out thorough supply chain checks, known as due diligence...The coalition recommends that the draft EU legislation:  Applies to all natural resources originating in any conflict-affected and high-risk area;  Is based on relevant international instruments, including the International Bill of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas;  Takes a risk-based approach that considers impacts on individuals and communities;  Complements existing EU initiatives and legislation to promote transparency and sustainable development and forms part of a comprehensive approach to prevent environmental destruction, reinforce governance and encourage security sector and mining reform in natural resource-rich developing countries.