(New York) - Civil Society organizations, including Global Witness, Human Rights Watch, and Partnership Africa Canada, today condemned the state-sponsored harassment and intimidation of a Zimbabwean nongovernmental organization, the Centre for Research and Development (CRD). The group has been instrumental in exposing ongoing human rights abuses in Zimbabwe's notorious Marange diamond fields.
On May 27, 2010, the home of CRD's director, Farai Maguwu, was raided by Zimbabwean Central Intelligence Organisation agents.
The Kimberley Process: Too Important to Fail, Too Important for Pretense
By all indications, and from the evidence gathered for this year's Diamonds and Human Security Annual Review, the Kimberley Process (KP), designed to halt and prevent the return of "conflict diamonds", is failing. The cost of a collapse would be disastrous for an industry that benefits so many countries, and for the millions of people in developing countries who depend, directly and indirectly on it. A criminalized diamond economy would re-emerge and conflict diamonds could soon follow.
Le Processus de Kimberley : trop important pour échouer, trop important pour faire semblant
Tout porte à croire, notamment les preuves réunies pour la présente Revue annuelle sur les diamants et la sécurité humaine, que le Processus de Kimberley (PK), conçu pour mettre un terme aux « diamants de guerre » et en prévenir la réapparition, est sur la voie de l'échec. Le coût de son effondrement serait désastreux pour une industrie qui profite à tant de pays, et pour les millions de personnes de pays en développement qui en dépendent, directement ou indirectement.
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.
This report describes the role of diamonds in the Zimbabwean economy and their place in the country's increasingly repressive governance. It describes growing evidence of smuggling, the militarization of diamond resources and the killing of dozens of unarmed diamond diggers by the police and armed forces of Zimbabwe.
Le commerce illicite : une porte d'entrée pour les diamants de guerre
Le commerce illicite des diamants bruts est l'une des plus grandes menaces auxquelles est confronté le Système de certification du Processus de Kimberley (PK) pour les diamants bruts. Le PK a été créé pour stopper et prévenir le commerce des diamants de guerre, qui a coûté la vie à un grand nombre de personnes au cours des deux dernières décennies.
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.
January 31, 2005. The partial stability in Sudan and the peace agreement between Government of Sudan and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement suggest that the immediate and most dangerous phase of the conflict in the country may have passed. The participation of Canada in the peacebuilding process in ways to reduce the potential for conflict and bad governance will be extremely important for sustainable peace.
Right Honourable Paul Martin
Prime Minister of Canada
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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the urgent need to address violence against women and use of HIV as a weapon of war has been identified as a top priority by Congolese NGOs. In Why Gender Still Matters: Sexual Violence and the Need to Confront Militarized Masculinity, A Case Study of the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, released today by Partnership Africa Canada (PAC), Eli Mechanic shows the compelling need to tackle gender based …
A CASE STUDY OF THE CONFLICT IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Partnership Africa Canada
"Violence is a way to dominate, and you can only dominate someone if you have more power, more rights, and more status. Domestic violence is the beginning; it is linked to political violence - with just a difference in scale." - Françoise Nduwimana: Human Rights Activist1
Freetown, June 2003
by Ian Smillie
By Christian Dietrich
By Lansana Gberie
By Ian Smillie
From August 5-7, 2002, a workshop on the plunder of Congo's natural resources was organized in Kinshasa by CENADEP - Centre National d'Appui au Développement et à la Participation Populaire. The workshop was supported by Partnership Africa Canada and 11.11.11. Among the outcomes of the workshop was the setting up of a network of Congolese civil society organizations to coordinate research and actions related to the plunder of Congo's natural resources. CENADEP is the focal point for this network. The workshop conclusions and recommendations are given below.
By Christian Dietrich
Conference Report, Ottawa, June 21-23,
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2. By way of an introduction, comments from the Conference...
4. Resource Management
5. Relief and Development