Sudan: Enough Project's report urges more due diligence to ensure gold industry is not inadvertently fuelling war

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28 April 2015

Sudan: Activists call for sanctions on gold trade over concerns it is fuelling conflict in Darfur

Author: Johnny Magdaleno, in Al Jazeera

"As gold fuels Darfur conflict, activists push for more Sudan sanctions"

When a group of nomadic miners entered the Jebel Amer region in North Darfur state three years ago, they discovered a wealth of gold deposits just beneath the surface. The shallow depth of the gold precluded the need for sophisticated and expensive mining machinery; bare hands and basic tools were sufficient. By the end of 2012, there were nearly 4,000 independent mining sites in the territory.

“The mining is good,” Bisary added. “But the local people are definitely not the beneficiaries.”

Activists with interest in Sudan are now suggesting the U.N. and the U.S. level new, acutely targeted sanctions against key gold industry figures, as international buyers appear undeterred by revelations about its human costs.

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4 March 2015

Report calls for "greater due diligence" to ensure Sudanese gold does not fuel conflict

Author: The Enough Project

“New Report: Fool's Gold - The Case for Scrutinizing Sudan's Conflict Gold Trade”

Gold coming from Sudan is conflict-affected, high-risk, and helping to destabilize the country’s main conflict-zones of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, according to a new Enough Project report by Policy Analyst Akshaya Kumar…[A] report, Fool's Gold: The Case for Scrutinizing Sudan's Conflict Gold Trade…provides an overview of conflict-affected gold in Sudan and offers policy recommendations, including urgent action by the United States, the United Nations, and the international gold industry…

The gold industry (including the OECD, CFSI, LBMA, DMCC, and RJC) should encourage greater due diligence in its processes by ensuring that Sudanese gold is labeled as ‘high-risk’ and ‘conflict-affected’ and tracing all gold coming from Sudan to its mine of origin to ensure that such purchases are not inadvertently fuelling war.

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Report
4 March 2015

[PDF] Full report

Author: The Enough Project

"Fool's Gold: The Case for Scrutinizing Sudan's Conflict Gold Trade"

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