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9 March 2016

Zimbabwe: Govt. closes diamond mining firms, NGOs urge respect for human rights in closure

The Government of Zimbabwe has ordered diamond mining companies in Chiadzwa and Chimanimani to stop operations and clear their equipment in 90 days as the government will take over all diamond mining operations in the country. President Mugabe has...

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6 February 2015

NGO report examines the human rights impacts of southern Africa’s extractive sector

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

'Business unusual: Mining in the aftermath of Marikana - the human rights impacts of southern Africa’s extractive sector', Feb 2015: Mining is central to the economies of southern Africa…But there is so much more that this wealth-generating industry...

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24 September 2013

EU Lifts Sanctions on Zimbabwe Mining Development Corp.

Author: Antwerp World Diamond Centre

[T]he Antwerp World Diamond Centre...received noticed from the Federal Public Service Economy that European Union...sanctions on the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation...were lifted. Rough diamonds with Kimberley Process Certificates will be...

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12 March 2013

CRD update on Marange, Article No 2 [Zimbabwe]

Author: Centre for Research & Development (Zimbabwe)

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Anhui Foreign Economic Construction, ZMDC and New Reclamation Group to respond. They did not respond.] Admire Munindwa…and his two friends got into Anjin [Anjin is a joint venture Anhui Foreign...

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17 February 2013

Death, sanctions and big business in the struggle for Zimbabwe's diamonds

Author: Simon Goodley, Guardian [UK]

UK parliamentarians are calling for tougher measures against all Marange diamond miners, including naming them on the sanctions list, as well as asking for an investigation into...Old Mutual...that has an indirect investment in the Zimbabwean fields.....

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Company non-response
13 June 2012

New Reclamation did not respond to: Communities allege waste from mining companies polluting water sources & affecting health.

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24 May 2012

The pollution fallout from Zimbabwe’s blood diamonds

Author: Andrew Mambondiyani in Yale Environment 360 [USA]

The Marange diamond fields...have been an infamous example of so-called blood diamonds...Now, the impoverished residents who live near the mines have another cause for concern...Numerous local officials and leaders of civic organizations contend that...

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Company non-response
16 May 2012

New Reclamation did not respond to: Human rights abuses still ongoing in diamond region of Marange, says community group - cites beatings by diamond company guards, use of dogs to chase away job-seekers.

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5 March 2012

Zim’s illicit gem trade thriving underground [Zimbabwe]

Author: South Africa Press Agency (SAPA)

...“Abuses are still very common and we receive regular reports from CCDT local human rights monitors,” said [Melanie] Chiponda [of the Chiadzwa Community Development Trust (CCDT)]. She cited beatings by guards at the Chinese-joint venture Anjin...

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16 December 2011

Competitive NGO’s

Author: Avi Krawitz,

The recent withdrawal of Global Witness from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) generated much press coverage and interest. The move was inevitable but timely...Whether Global Witness intended to impact Christmas demand is uncertain, but...

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