Global Witness Leaves Kimberley ProcessDecember 05, 11
(IDEX Online News) – NGO Global Witness today announced that it has left the Kimberley Process (KP), the international certification scheme established to stop the trade in conflict diamonds. In explaining its departure, the organization said the KP’s refusal to evolve and address the clear links between diamonds, violence and tyranny has rendered it increasingly outdated.
“Nearly nine years after the Kimberley Process was launched, the sad truth is that most consumers still cannot be sure where their diamonds come from, nor whether they are financing armed violence or abusive regimes” said Charmian Gooch, a founding director of Global Witness.
“The scheme has failed three tests: it failed to deal with the trade in conflict diamonds from
The organization called the recent authorized exports from the Marange diamond fields in
“Consumers should not buy Marange diamonds, and industry should not supply them,” said Gooch. “All existing contracts in the Marange fields should be cancelled and retendered with terms of reference which reflect international best practice on revenue sharing, transparency, oversight by and protection of the affected communities.”
Global Witness says the industry should be required to demonstrate that the diamonds it sells are not fuelling abuses – by complying with international standards on minerals supply chain controls, including independent third party audits and regular public disclosure. It also says that governments must show leadership by putting these standards into law.
“Consumers have a right to know what they’re buying, and what was done to obtain it,” said Gooch. “The diamond industry must finally take responsibility for its supply chains and prove that the stones it sells are clean.”