[video] New Guardian film showcases ongoing abuse of civilians in eastern Congo's mines

Author: Guardian [UK], Global Witness , Published on: 16 September 2011

The film tells how civilians in the Kivu region of eastern DRC, which is rich in the minerals used to produce electronic goods such as laptops and mobile phones, live under the constant threat of extreme violence and forced labour at the hands of armed groups active in the region. In recent months, international attempts to break the links between the mining trade and violence have gathered pace...[T]he US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to publish the rules governing a law passed under the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act, which is designed to stem the flow of “conflict minerals” from eastern DRC. These rules will set out exactly what checks companies sourcing tin, tantalum, coltan and gold from DRC must carry out on their supply chains, to make sure their activities are not sponsoring the violence in the region. Global Witness is calling for these measures...to mirror the guidelines laid down by the UN and OECD in December 2010, which outline in detail what steps companies should be taking to ensure they are trading in conflict free minerals.

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