New Guardian film showcases ongoing abuse of civilians in eastern Congo's mines
This powerful new film from The Guardian documents the continued violent abuse of civilians, in particular women, in the mines of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The film tells how civilians in the Kivu region of eastern DRC, which is rich in the minerals used to produce electronic goods such as laptops and mobile phones, live under the constant threat of extreme violence and forced labour at the hands of armed groups active in the region.
In recent months, international attempts to break the links between the mining trade and violence have gathered pace. In the coming weeks, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to publish the rules governing a law passed under the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act, which is designed to stem the flow of “conflict minerals” from eastern DRC. These rules will set out exactly what checks companies sourcing tin, tantalum, coltan and gold from DRC must carry out on their supply chains, to make sure their activities are not sponsoring the violence in the region.
Global Witness is calling for these measures – known as supply chain due diligence – to mirror the guidelines laid down by the UN and OECD in December 2010, which outline in detail what steps companies should be taking to ensure they are trading in conflict free minerals. We are also calling for similar laws to be passed in the EU. If these due diligence measures are implemented quickly and effectively, they will go a long way to cutting off one of the major sources of cash for armed groups, and to establishing a clean minerals trade that benefits the citizens the resources belong to.
- 10.08.2011 | The Dodd-Frank Act – recent developments and the case for urgent action.
- 18.05.2011 | Congo's mineral trade in the balance: opportunities and obstacles to demilitarisation
- 28.02.2011 | Submission to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on proposed guidelines for conflict minerals law
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