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31 March 2017 00:34 (South Africa)
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Human Rights Watch says Zimbabwe trading ‘blood diamonds’

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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Global human rights organisation, Human Rights Watch, says the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme on “blood diamonds”, scheduled to convene in Namibia in November, should immediately suspend Zimbabwe for continuing human rights abuses and widespread smuggling in the country’s Marange diamond fields.

Apart from worsening tin-pot behaviour by Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party in recent weeks, HRW says Zimbabwe has not complied with any recommendations put forward in July that govern the global diamond industry. It also says elements of Zimbabwe’s defence forces are engaged in widespread diamond smuggling and illicit mining at Marange, often using forced labour, including children. In its report, HRW claims a soldier killed a man for hiding a rough diamond, and that rampant smuggling has seen hordes of buyers and middlemen from Lebanon, Belgium, South Africa and India openly trade Marange diamonds in the small Mozambican town of Vila de Manica, near Zimbabwe’s border. The Kimberley Process started when civil wars in nations such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola saw illicit diamonds flood world markets in return for weapons.

Read more: Human Rights Watch, Kimberley Process

Photo: Employees work with diamonds at a jewellery factory in China's southern city of Shenzhen October 19, 2009. Diamonds may have lost their lustre for many in the economic downturn, but China's legions of wealthy, status-conscious customers are helping the precious gem trade glow again. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

  • Business

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