Briefing Document / Nov. 14, 2008

Recommendations on due diligence for buyers and companies trading in minerals from eastern DRC and for their home governments

Global Witness is asking companies trading in minerals from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure that any minerals they buy neither finance armed groups or military units, nor contribute to human rights abuses at any point along the supply chain. If such guarantees cannot be provided, companies should refuse to buy the minerals. Global Witness is also calling on home governments to hold to account companies registered in their country who knowingly trade in minerals benefiting the warring parties in eastern DRC or who fail to carry out careful due diligence as to the origin of their supplies.

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