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Zimbabwe Court Approves Sale of 'Blood Diamonds'

World  (tags: Zimbabwe, blood diamonds, African Conficts )

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The Zimbabwe high court has approved the sale of diamonds from a field plagued by human rights abuses, as Harare moved to defy the Kimberley Process

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Tigerman King (19)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 11:33 pm
The sale of the Marange diamonds belonging to British-owned African Consolidated Resources was blocked last year by the international regulator after it found that Zimbabwe had failed to comply with human rights standards.

Harare initially stopped the sale pending authorisation from local authorities and the Kimberley Process — set up to prevent the sale of so-called blood diamonds, which are used to fund rebel movements.

However, the state-run Herald newspaper reported yesterday that the high court has now approved the sale of 129,000 carats of diamonds belonging to African Consolidated Resources (ACR).


Tigerman King (19)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 11:33 pm
Rough diamond caches have often been used by rebel forces to finance arms purchases and other illegal activities. Neighbouring and other countries can be used as trading and transit grounds for illicit diamonds. Once diamonds are brought to market, their origin is difficult to trace and once polished, they can no longer be identified.

Rose Becke (142)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 11:42 pm
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