ngos boycott upcoming kimberley process meeting

ngos boycott upcoming kimberley process meeting

Members of the Kimberley Process are set to meet in the DR Congo in November, however, certain non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which include KP participants and observers and the KP’s Civil Society Coalition, have announced today that they are boycotting the meeting. In the letter sent to DRC Chair Mathieu Yamba (via National Jeweler Network), the reasons are due to “‘grave concerns’ about the KP’s ability to respond to situations where diamonds are fueling conflict and human rights violations; their concern that the plenary will result in all ‘meaningful oversight’ on the Marange region in Zimbabwe being terminated despite ‘ongoing and credible’ concerns about the area meeting minimum KP standards and reluctance within the KP to reform itself to better enable it to function.”

I do agree with protesting NGOs in that that the KP Certification should include human rights language into its mission statement, and a system of warranties should be overseen by an independent third-party company – not an organization created and comprised of members of the jewelry industry!

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