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

49 comments

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

ty

Laura Saxon
.3 years ago

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

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

good to remember

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Dakota Payne
Dakota Payne4 years ago

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

Morgan Forrester
Past Member 4 years ago

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.

Terri Hughes
Terri Hughes4 years ago

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sandi C.
Sandi C.4 years ago

I CAN'T AFFORD DIAMONDS!

Angela N.
Angela N.4 years ago

thank you for the info.

Krysti Schwab
Past Member 4 years ago

end murder for fashion