“No end in site to the flow of blood diamonds” The Sunday Morning Herald. 6/26/2010 The “Kimberley Process” – It’s like asking a rabbi to give a kosher stamp to a ham sandwich. It gives diamond traders legal cover, but ethically these diamonds are tainted with blood.”
Miners dig for diamonds in the Marange fields in Zimbabwe.
An organisation set up to prevent the trade in conflict stones can’t work out what to do with Zimbabwe, writes Jason Koutsoukis in Tel Aviv.
Three days into a hunger strike targeting human rights abuses perpetrated in the often bloody African diamond trade, diamond magnate Martin Rapaport was in no mood for reticence.
Stationed in the lobby of the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv, where the world’s leading diamond producers, importers and exporters gathered this week to decide whether to lift a ban on exports from Zimbabwe’s diamond-rich Marange deposit, Rapaport let fly.
”You guys have been totally screwed,” he told a group of human rights delegates attending the Kimberley Process conference in Tel Aviv – a forum consisting representatives from 75 countries aimed at excluding blood diamonds from international markets. Read More »