Kimberley Process News Roundup – August 2011

By Erika W.

The latest in Kimberley Process news…

Rapaport – After Kimberley… Now What?

By now it should be clear that a Kimberley Process (KP) certificate does not ensure a diamond is free of human rights violations or other serious ethical problems. In fact, a KP certificate does not even ensure that a diamond is legal for trade in the United States or European Union.

The recent release of over $200 million dollars of KP-certified Marange diamonds opens a Pandora’s Box of complex ethical, legal and financial issues that the diamond industry is struggling to address.

BBC News Africa – Marange diamond field: Zimbabwe torture camp discovered

A torture camp run by Zimbabwe’s security forces is operating in the country’s rich Marange diamond fields, BBC Panorama has found.

BBC News Africa – Marange diamonds: Zimbabwe denies ‘torture camp’

Zimbabwe has dismissed as “ridiculous” allegations by BBC Panorama that security forces run a torture camp in its rich Marange diamond fields.

Idex – India Blocking Dubai Shipment, Won’t Accept Good’s KP Certificates

Indian customs are preventing the export of 14 parcels of rough diamonds from Zimbabwe’s Marange held in Dubai, IDEX Online has learned. The Dubai authorities cleared the goods for onward shipment.

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