Amnesty International Speaks Out on Conflict Diamonds

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(Rapaport…September 10, 2001) Amnesty International has called upon the global diamond industry to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. jewelry industry and work to end the flow of conflict diamonds.

“Those involved have a legal and moral responsibility to sever permanently the link between the diamond trade and killings, abductions and torture of civilians,” said an Amnesty International spokesperson.

The announcement comes on the brink of the seventh Kimberly Process meeting, which will be held in London from September 11 to 13. Amnesty International chapters around the globe have pledged their support to a petition created by a coalition of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that calls for decisive action at the meeting and raises concerns that the Kimberly Process is progressing too slowly.

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