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15 December 2011

Chinese firm denies abuse at Zimbabwe diamond mine

Author: MacDonald Dzirutwe, Reuters

A Chinese mining group has denied violating human rights at Zimbabwe's Marange diamond fields where unlicensed small-scale miners have clashed with security forces in the past...Human Rights Watch (HRW) said...that police and private security employed...

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14 December 2011

Zim diamond miners on US sanctions list

Author: Namibian

The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its specially designated nationals list to include the companies – Mbada Diamonds [joint venture Reclam Group & Zimbabwe Mining Development Corp.] and Marange Resources [part of...

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1 November 2011

Kimberley Process Clears Zimbabwe Diamonds for Export; US Chairmanship Mooted

Author: Sandra Nyaira & Violet Gonda, Voice of America

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, meeting...cleared Zimbabwe to resume the supervised export of diamonds from its troubled Marange field...Sources said that under the new Kimberley deal, the United States might assume the group's deputy...

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8 August 2011

Marange diamond field: Zimbabwe torture camp discovered

Author: Hilary Andersson, BBC News

A torture camp run by Zimbabwe's security forces is operating in the country's rich Marange diamond fields…The main torture camp...is known locally as "Diamond Base". Witnesses said it is a remote collection of military tents, with an outdoor razor...

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27 July 2011

[PDF] Letter to Zimbabwe Mining and Development Corporation requesting access to Marange mining contracts

Author: Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association

The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association hereby makes request to access the documents listed below which are in your custody or control. This application is made in terms of section 6 of the Acccess to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. ...

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6 July 2011

India Pushes for Zimbabwe Diamonds

Author: Biman Mukherji, Wall Street Journal

The blood stains on Zimbabwe's diamonds have started thinning -- though not by much, many say -- spurring one of the world's largest gem and jewelry markets to push for imports of the stone. "We want rough diamonds," said Sanjay Kothari, vice...

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1 July 2011

[PDF] Holding Businesses Accountable for Human Rights Violations: Recent Developments and Next Steps

Author: Connie de la Vega, Amol Mehra, Alexandra Wong, for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

...[The] Guiding Principles [on Business and Human Rights were drafted] to assist governments and corporations in the implementation of the [UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy"] framework. While these principles contain positive elements, they fall short...

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24 June 2011

Yamba Statement Approves Zimbabwe's Rough Export

Author: Jeff Miller, Rapaport

In a notice issued to Kimberley Process members by chairman Mathieu Yamba, it was stated that the plenary, which just wrapped up in Kinshasa yesterday, "endorses exports of production from the compliant mining operations of Marange Resources [part...

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23 June 2011

Civil Society Walks Out of Kimberley Process Meeting

Author: Avi Krawitz, Rapaport

The civil society coalition…walked out of the intersessional meeting…saying negotiations with Zimbabwe were harming the scheme’s credibility. The coalition, which includes Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada (PAC), stressed that the scheme is...

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23 June 2011

Zimbabwe: KP Now Defunct, Says Mpofu

Author: Herald [Zimbabwe]

Mining Development Minister…Mpofu told the KP [Kimberly Process] intercessional meeting…"We have been monitored and certified compliant, why should we continue with the monitor…"We want to make it…clear…that we will not…accept any mechanism of...

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