May 30, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On May 30, 2012, former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. The Special Court of Sierra Leone (SPSL) issued the sentence after Taylor was found guilty of planning as well as aiding and abetting crimes ...[read more]
June 5, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged the Kimberley Process (KP) a multi-government initiative to monitor and prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, to put further pressure on the Zimbabwe government to comply with established regulations. HRW expressed particular concern about the ongoing ...[read more]
October 1, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On October 1, 2010, the UN released a report on war crimes and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The report listed 617 of the most serious violations of human rights, including violence against children, genocide and mass rape, committed between 1993 and 2003. The ...[read more]
July 15, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On July 15, 2010, the Kimberley Process (KP) approved the limited sale of diamonds from the controversial Marange mines after reaching an agreement with the Zimbabwean government. Under the agreement, the KP allowed Zimbabwe to sell a portion of its estimated USD $1.7 billion worth of mined ...[read more]
December 19, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 19, 2005, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Uganda violated the sovereignty of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during a 1998-2003 war and was responsible for human rights abuses and the plundering of DRC natural resources. The court ordered Uganda to pay ...[read more]
August 16, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
The US-based Rapaport Diamond Trading Network on Sunday reiterated its stance against the sale of Zimbabwe diamonds associated with human rights violations. In a letter to their members, Rapaport stated they will expel members who knowingly trade the tainted diamonds and that they will publish the ...[read more]
July 16, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
The Kimberley Process (KP) on Thursday approved the limited sale of diamonds from the controversial Marange mines after reaching an agreement with the Zimbabwean government. The agreement, reached in a meeting of the international diamond monitoring body, comes after the KP was unable to reach a ...[read more]
July 12, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
A Zimbabwean court on Monday granted bail to human rights activist Farai Maguwu, who was being held for allegedly supplying false information about Zimbabwe's controversial diamond mining practices to the international diamond control body the Kimberley Process (KP). In granting the bail request, ...[read more]
June 22, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
A Zimbabwean court on Monday denied bail to human rights activist Farai Maguwu, who is being held for allegedly supplying false information about Zimbabwe's controversial diamond mining practices to the international diamond control body the Kimberley Process (KP). In denying the bail request... ...[read more]
June 21, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday called for the removal of Zimbabwe from the Kimberley Process (KP), the global organization dedicated to suppressing trade in so-called conflict diamonds. The report, Deliberative Chaos, calls on the KP to suspend Zimbabwe at its meeting in... ...[read more]

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