All entries for January 2007
January 29, 2007
Fearing a backlash like the one that damaged the fur industry, diamond dealers have recently begun to promote “ethical diamonds.” However, there has been widespread criticism of the diamond industry’s attempts to self regulate. DeBeers, which controls 60 _ 70% of the world’s uncut diamonds, has yet to agree to an independent audit requested by Amnesty International. DeBeers recently claimed that after 70 years of running a diamond cartel, it will not continue to stockpile diamonds in order to artificially inflate the price of the stones.
January 27, 2007
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,
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’
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.