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Survey finds sharp rise in killings over land and forests as Rio talks open
New figures collected by Global Witness on the killings of activists, journalists and community members who were defending rights to land and forests show the true, shocking extent of competition for access to natural resources. The briefing, A Hidden Crisis?, finds that over 711 people appear to have been killed in the last decade – more than one a week. In 2011 the toll was 106 people, almost doubling over the past three years.
The will and the capacity of the United Nations (UN) and Member States to deal with natural resourcefuelled conflicts is weak. In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), civilians die on a daily basis because of a war that is stoked by the international trade in minerals. The conflict's economic dimension and the identity of those fuelling it have been known for many years; yet increased awareness of the problem has not triggered effective action.
Press Release - 27/01/2010
The lack of a coherent and committed international approach to tackling the role of natural resources in conflict is costing lives in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and heightening the risk of further unrest in other fragile states such as Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea, according to a new report from Global Witness.
Drawing on Global Witness' experience in Angola, Cambodia, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan, the report, Lessons UNlearned, aims to promote understanding of, and a strategy for dealing with, the problem of natural resource wealth …
A coalition of civil society organisations acknowledged some progress at the close of the sixth Intersessional meeting of Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in Windhoek, Namibia this week but said that more action was needed from governments to ensure the scheme's effectiveness.
Civil Society Groups warn effectiveness of Kimberley Process compromised
A landmark scheme established in 2003 to prevent trade in conflict diamonds is potentially failing in its objectives, campaigners said today.
Ahead of a key meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in Namibia, a coalition of civil society groups said that despite having all the tools in place, the scheme was failing effectively to address issues of non-compliance, smuggling, money laundering and human rights abuses in the world's alluvial diamond fields. The groups highlighted a number of …
Des groupes de la société civile craignent que l'efficacité du processus de Kimberley soit compromise
Crée en 2003 pour lutter contre le commerce des diamants de guerre, le système qui constitue le pilier de la lutte contre le commerce des diamants de guerre risque de faillir à ses objectifs, déclare aujourd'hui les militants.
=C0 l'approche de l'importante réunion du système de certification du Processus de Kimberley (SCPK) en Namibie, une coalition de groupes de la société civile déclare que malgré le fait que tous les outils soient en place, le système ne parvient …
The illicit trade: Gateway for conflict diamonds
The illicit trade in rough diamonds is one of the greatest threats facing the Kimberley Process (KP) certification scheme. The KP was created to halt and prevent the trade in conflict diamonds that cost so many lives during the last two decades.
This is a submission by Global Witness on the Peacebuilding Commission's (PBC) Integrated Peacebuilding Strategy for Sierra Leone (IPBS). Our key point is that while natural resources were included in earlier drafts, they have been dropped from the June draft of the IPBS. This is a worrying omission. In June 2007 the Working Group on Lessons Learned, created to accumulate best practices and lessons learned on peacebuilding issues, highlighted that the predation of natural resources to finance conflict was among the most serious problems with regional repercussions in West Africa.
UN Security Council should:
- Maintain the current embargoes on Liberian timber and diamonds until it can be demonstrated that timber and diamonds no longer contribute to conflict and that government control meets the requirements for lifting sanctions as found in Security Council Resolution 1521 (2003) and renewed by Security Council Resolution 1579 (2004).
A briefing document submitted by Global Witness to the UN Security Council, 08 December 2004
The UN Security Council should:
Diamond controls in many countries are seriously flawed. But controls alone will probably never work unless diamond digging in some African countries pays more than a dollar a day. These are messages contained in two reports released today, prepared jointly by Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada, NGOs closely involved in the creation of the Kimberley Process diamond certification system.
Leaders of the world's diamond industry and representatives of more than 40 countries will gather in Ottawa on Oct.
SUMMARY OF UK AND US RESULTS OF GLOBAL WITNESS AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SURVEY
This report presents the results of Global Witness and Amnesty International's survey into the diamond jewellery retail sector's implementation of self-regulation to support the Kimberley Process, the international diamond certification scheme launched to combat the trade in conflict diamonds. Many members of all sectors of the diamond industry made three commitments in January 2003:
- To implement a code of conduct to prevent
buying or selling conflict diamonds
The integrity of the Kimberley Process Diamond Certification Scheme (1) will be at stake this week when representatives from governments, the diamond industry and NGOs convene for the Kimberley Process plenary meeting being held from 29-31 October 2003 in Sun City, South Africa.
Against the People, For the Resources', a new briefing document released today by Global Witness, the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated investigative group, details the risks of lifting UN Security Council sanctions on Liberia, as to do so would fuel regional instability and imperil Liberia's nascent peace process.
Global Witness welcomes the UN Security Council's decision to extend the current sanctions regime on Liberia for its threat to international peace and security, and applauds the inclusion of an embargo on Liberian timber (1). This decision will prohibit the Liberian government and rebel groups' access to logging industry resources, which are being used to fund violent conflict in Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire.
JOHANNESBURG: Representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) attending the First Plenary Meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) welcomed international commitment to take additional effective steps to break the link between diamonds and human rights violations and conflict in Africa. However, governments failed to take action on an element critical to the credibility of the Scheme -- the need for regular, independent monitoring of all participants, to ensure that the process is not subject to abuse.
Why it's Still Possible, How it Works and How to Break the Trend
But More Action Needed to Eliminate Trade in Conflict Diamonds
Global Witness is concerned that the United Nations appears to be re-applying and lifting targeted diamond sanctions in an arbitrary and uncoordinated manner.
Global Witness is calling for the European Commission (EC) and its 15 Member States to adopt a tough regulation to combat the trade in conflict diamonds. The regulation must include the concept of extra-territoriality and must not contain any sunset provisions. Global Witness believes a strong message must be sent out to conflict and illicit diamond traders that their ways of doing business are over and that their illegal business practices in non-EC member countries will no longer be tolerated.