Continuing Violence in Zimbabwe Diamond Mines
January 13, 2010 :: Posted by - web_glnews :: Category - Uncategorized
Zimbabwe Diamond Mine
The human right group fights for the abuses that continuously taken place in Zimbabwe diamond mines.
The Zimbabwe authorities have made a decision regarding the halt of three day sale of about 300,000 carats of rough diamonds.
The global witness says that some mines in Zimbabwe remains in the hands of military despite of an agreement made with international monitors.
The insiders reports BBC that the sale was only stopped after blood diamonds trade monitors occur.
Anne Dunnebacke, global witness says that “we are delighted that this auction has been cancelled, but still concerned about the situation in the diamonds fields in Marange.
Senior Zimbabwe mines ministry official Thanked Musukutwa and he told that the auction has been stopped because it is not approved by the Kimberley process (KP). It set up to regulate the trade in blood diamonds
It is declared that No exports should take place prior to certification by KP monitor. As per the reports, some 80% of sales from the three day auction would have gone to the Zimbabwe government.
Ms Dunnebacke says, the other diamond fields have been taken over by the companies and she believes that large proportion of marange diamond fields are remains under the military control.
The remainder of the diamond field appears to be still under the military control and still the military is taking part in exploitation, the trading and the smuggling. The associated human rights abuse such kind of acts.
To extract the diamonds in October, Zimbabwe has gone into a partnership with two South African owned firms.
Last November, Zimbabwe has hardly missed from being suspended from KP and so it is banned from selling diamonds.
Examining the shipment that come from Marange Mines has been monitored and within June the diamond trade activity should be cleaned.
Evidence has been found from the investigation that the people are killed and forced at Marange field after soldier moved in.
It has been accused that the military of carrying out the widespread atrocities in the mines and says that the profit from the stones go to President Robert Mugabe and his allies.
Government denies such type of allegations.
(Image Source – BBC News)
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