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Are You Aiding Conflict Diamonds? [Infographic]

Are You Aiding Conflict Diamonds? [Infographic]

In late 2011, Zimbabwe was reinstated into the Kimberley Process. Why is this a problem? Because there is evidence that Zimbabwe – particularly the Marange mines – is still funding corruption through diamond mining.

What is the Kimberley Process exactly? This is a stamp of approval created by the UN in 2003 that mandates a diamond is conflict-free. It offers consumers a way to determine the ethical credentials of a diamond prior to purchase.

Despite these efforts, there is a fundamental flaw in the Kimberley Process. The process only really covers issues relating to diamond mining that funds warring rebel militias. It doesn’t fully take into consideration violence and other forms of corruption.

Thus, the fact that Zimbabwe has been re-admitted into the process is controversial, since there is evidence of increased violence and intimidation caused by a corrupt political and military elite.

In an effort to bring some of this corruption into light, Ingle & Rhode – an ethical jeweler based in the UK – created this infographic summarizing some of the corruption that has been plaguing Zimbabwe.

Remember, before purchasing a diamond, make sure you know exactly where your diamond came from so you can avoid indirectly funding corruption in war-plagued developing countries.


(via Ingle & Rhode Ethical Diamonds).

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Related:
Petition: Stop Human Rights Abuses in Zimbabwe’s Diamond Mines
Diamond School in Zimbabwe
Green & Sustainable Jewelry

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Adria Saracino

Adria Saracino is the Head of Outreach at Distilled, an Internet marketing agency, where she connects businesses and helps them establish meaningful partnerships. You can also find Adria talking and tweeting about fashion through her blog, The Emerald Closet.

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3:05AM PDT on May 2, 2013

ty

1:44AM PDT on May 2, 2013

No way! I have never bought any of those. They're nasty and inhumane.

7:47AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

good to remember

11:43AM PDT on May 18, 2012

Thanks for the info.

5:17AM PDT on May 18, 2012

this is ungodly and unjust that the diamond mines are still violating human rights and harming people.

8:37PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

I do not buy diamonds nor want any..... they are NOT worth killing or maiming over & I would not want to contribute to any of it.

9:33PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

These poor people in Africa are treated HORRIBLE, just so these GREEDY ASS people can get rich from these diamonds. Being a slave to others has to STOP. And all the ABUSE that they have to endure, needs to END. NO MORE BLOOD DIAMONDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6:20AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

I CAN'T AFFORD DIAMONDS!

7:44PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

thank you for the info.

6:39PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

end murder for fashion

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