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January 27, 2007

Amnesty

http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/sierra_leone/document.do?id=516C89BFE1E7CA4B8025694500723A8C

How successful where the recommendations to the international community regarding diamonds? Sierra Leone: Amnesty International calls for fast and effective action on diamonds (AI Index: AFR 51/54/00), 30 June 2000, and
Sierra Leone: Cutting the link between diamonds and guns (AI Index: AFR 51/27/00), 31 May 2000.

For further information on Amnesty International’s position on military assistance to rebel forces and the trade in diamonds, see Sierra Leone: Cutting the link between diamonds and human rights abuses “forever” (AI Index: AFR 51/56/00) 14 July 2000,

http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/engAFR510562000

2000 – sierra leone conflict caputred the minds of the international community

De Beers said they will not buy conflict diamonds

Amnesty: needs to be increased scurtiny of trade with Guinea and Liberia
All change sin the diamond industry are coming about because the it feels it has to ‘clean up some dirty business’

http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAFR510542000?open&of=ENG-2F5

Amnesty International remained concerned about the role of Liberia in the transfer of arms and ammunition to Sierra Leone and of diamonds leaving Sierra Leone. Amnesty International reinterated its call to the Security Council to investigate the origins of diamonds exported from Liberia and other countries in West Africa to ensure that these are not from rebel-held areas of Sierra Leone.

Amnesty International is called on governments and the diamond industry to remain focussed in their efforts to develop a comprehensive, transparent and verifiable system, including a worldwide tamper-proof certification, packaging and monitoring system.


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