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Blood Diamonds Still Flowing Out of Africa

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Because the individuals with their 28 diamonds—declared at a value of $800,000—were unable to show any certification, the diamonds were seized, although it is not yet known for sure whether or not they are, in fact, blood diamonds.

Liberian “Blood Diamond” President Denied Acquittal

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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor still waits at the International Criminal Court in The Hague after judges rejected his request to be acquitted of all war crimes charges. The 61 year-old is accused of instigating the notorious conflict in Sierra Leone by giving support to Revolutionary United Front guerrillas during the Liberian Civil War from 1989-2003.

Mutare Diamond Dealer Sentenced To Five Years

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The Regional Magistrate found Mupeta guilty of possessing diamonds without a license. Prior to and since the trial, several much more high-profile diamond dealers have been arrested for the same charges, but acquitted under what some have called “suspicious circumstances”. Most of these same people are still dealing in diamonds, but much more discreetly.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Confirms Chiadzwa Horrors

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Although the Marange diamond fields in Chiadwa are strictly off-limits to the media—per order of Zimbabwa President Robert Mugabe—a CBC crew managed to get in by joining a convoy of local MPs. They managed not only to tour the strongly guarded villages, but also interviewed people who were witnesses to the infamous Chiadzwa massacre.

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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, on trial at The Hague for international war crimes, has converted to Judaism, according to his wife, Victoria Taylor. The charges against him include war crimes and crimes against humanity. Under his leadership, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) attempted genocide of the people of Sierra Leone, and were heavily involved in trafficking illegally-mined “blood diamonds”.

Ban On Zimbabwe Diamonds?

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Due to recent allegations regarding brutality by its soldiers, Zimbabwe is facing a potential suspension from the international diamond trade.

Zimbabwe May Get The Chance To Sell Their Diamonds

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A new regulation may allow Zimbabwe to start selling some of its alleged "blood diamonds." For months, Zimbabwe has asked to be allowed to sell diamonds from places such as its Marange field to generate revenue for its lackluster economy. However, the diamond fields have reportedly been prone to violence between security forces and workers. The fields were taken over by government security forces in 2008 and up to 200 people may have been killed while working in its mines.

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Mugabe and his Zanu-PF soldiers know that the KP has no real power. It doesn’t have an army, and it doesn’t have any real ability to ensure that sanctions are kept. Were the KP to levy sanctions, they would have no way to back them up. Mugabe’s wealth, and the wealth that he allows to drip down to his top advisers, already comes from illegally-traded diamonds. Ignoring sanctions would be no more difficult than it is to ignore the guidelines of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.

African Diamond Council Makes Voice Heard With Startling Commercial

by Diamond News Agency
Still, African diamonds are largely tainted by the actions of a few countries which are still active in the blood diamond trade. For this reason, the African Diamond Council decided to create a shocking new television ad that would ask viewers to “Insist on the truth. Insist on certification”. To create the necessary buzz that would impact the African Diamond Trade as a whole, they went with an alarming, macabre ad.

Zimbabwe Diamond Auction Stalled By Human Rights Groups

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Harare, Zimbabwe – In late December, Mbada Diamonds announced a diamond auction, despite only officially beginning mining in the beginning of the month. Mbada is a joint venture between Zimbabwe’s government and South African Grandwell holdings—a privately-owned company—with each owning 50% of the controversial business. “The much-anticipated sales of diamonds from the Chiadzwa/Marange diamond field are expected to start before the end of the month”, Chairman Robert Mhlanga announced. Human Rights groups took notice. Spearheaded by the US-based Human Right Watch, an organization that has been after Kimberley Process officials to kick Zimbabwe out of their diamond certification scheme, an international initiative stopped the auction. Africa Consolidated Resources joined the cause, as they initially had legal claim on much of the fields after the ZMDC stopped mining. ACR had also filed an appeal against the initial takeover, which was set in motion by ZANU-PF officials including President Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe Plans to Sell Diamond With or Without KP Approval

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Harare, Zimbabwe – The battle continues between Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF-run government and Kimberley Process officials, although it is decidedly one-sided. For nearly two years, the Kimberley Process has been “looking into” the conflict over the Marange diamond fields, one of the richest active alluvial fields in the world. After human rights groups stepped in and demanded that Zimbabwe be, at the very least, kicked out of the organization, a KP team went there to see what was really going on. They decided to give Zimbabwe six months to comply with all necessary standards. When that deadline passed with no change, the KP gave them another deadline. All the while, Robert Mugabe has stood fast in his conviction to use any means necessary to mine the diamonds cheaply and sell them, at the cost of the lives of his own people.

Naomi Campbell To Testify At Blood Diamonds Trial

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Campbell has been ordered by prosecutors to testify at the war crimes trial for former Liberian president Charles Taylor about reports that he gave the supermodel a diamond at a dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 1997.

Request To Postpone Day in Court Granted For Naomi Campbell

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With a call to testify and a pending court date, supermodel Naomi Campbell may have felt like a diamond in the rough in a bubbling war crimes trial that featured former Liberian president Charles Taylor and the inclusion of illegal blood diamonds. She wanted no part of it and continued efforts to avoid having to testify in court even as Rosemary's Baby actress Mia Farrow, who attended the same party as Campbell when she allegedly received her first blood diamond from Taylor, told authorities she was receiving rough diamonds from Taylor. Even when she was ordered by law to do so, the stunning black beauty asked to postpone her testimony from July 29 to August 5.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell Testifies At Blood Diamonds Trial For Charles Taylor

by Diamond News Agency
Naomi Campbell may no longer loves diamonds. In fact, she may even loathe them after what she's had to go through these past few months with this Charles Taylor blood diamonds war crimes trial. In case you've been living under a rock, the he famed supermodel has been subpoenaed to testify that was she was given blood diamonds by former Liberian president Charles Taylor. She did everything she could to keep herself out of The Hague courtroom, even postponing her court date to August 5, but in the end, the date arrived with a vengeance.

Naomi Campbell Holidays While Charles Taylor Blood Diamonds Trial Continues

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Guess supermodel Naomi Campbell's not as worried about her blood diamonds testimony as she previously let on. The model, who once appeared with Michael Jackson in his music video In The Closet, was previously subpoenaed to The Hague in the Netherlands to provide material evidence that former Liberian president Charles Taylor had given her non conflict-free diamonds at an event at the home of former South African president Nelson Mandela in 1997. Campbell was completely against doing the testimony and tried to have her appearance removed, then postponed from July 29 to August 5. Next, Woody Allen's ex, actress Mia Farrow testified that Campbell was indeed given diamonds as a gift and boasted about them the day after she received them. Later, Campbell's former agent Carole White repeated the accusations but Taylor's lawyer Courtenay Griffiths accused her of presenting a pack of lies in her testimony. He said that she was using it to boost her own lawsuit against Campbell where she claims the supermodel

Mandela Children's Fund Head Resigns After Confessing He Has Diamonds

by Diamond News Agency
Things are looking a whole lot worse for Charles Taylor since supermodel Naomi Campbell testified she allegedly received blood diamonds from the former Liberian president. Two weeks ago, Jeremy Ratcliffe, the former leader of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, admitted he secretly kept diamonds received from the model, who received the diamonds from Taylor in 1997. He only confessed this when Campbell mentioned him at the war crimes trial at The Hague in the Netherlands. The African-American supermodel said she given Ratcliffe three stones because she wanted them to go to charity. But the former children's fund head held on to the stones because he wanted to protect the reputation of former South African president Nelson Mandela and his charity. Ratcliffe has since handed over the diamonds to the South African police on August 5th, the same day that Campbell testified in court. The uncut stones are said to allegedly be diamonds which are not conflict-free (aka blood diamonds.) Ratcliffe has since apo

Naomi Campbell Blood Diamonds Trial Now More Heated

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Naomi Campbell's rumored blood diamonds may have caused her trouble in the past but she has now passed the trouble on to somebody else. Jeremy Ratcliffe, the man who took stones from the supermodel in 1997, has been charged with illegal possession of uncut diamonds.

Celebrites Boycott Botswana Diamonds

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X-Files star Gillian Anderson and other celebrities are boycotting diamonds from Botswana because of the way the government treats the Kalahari Bushmen, a human rights group Survival International said. Other celebrities boycotting include Joanna Lumley, the voice of Maudeline Everglot in Corpse Bride, Ace Ventura actress Sophie Okonedo, British actor Mark Rylance, and British children's author and illustrator Quentin Blake.

Conflict Diamonds

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Conflict free diamonds at the Oscars

Tuesday, Dec 2 2014 12:15PM  Abazias - Celebrity News,
Conflict free diamonds at the Oscars At the 2006 Oscars stars were very contentious about the diamonds they chose to wear All the beautiful diamond jewelry that was worn was conflict free Awareness to conflict diamonds was brought to the stars and the public through the newly released movie Blood Diamonds Celebrities from the movie have been making sure others are aware of the things that go on with conflict diamonds in hope that they will be sure to stop buying these types of diamonds There were still diamond jewelry seen throughout the Oscars but the stars and their jewelers made sure all the diamonds sported were conflict free
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What is a Conflict Diamond and How to Avoid...

Friday, Nov 14 2014 3:01PM  About.com Jewelry: Most Popular Articles,
What is a Conflict Diamond and How to Avoid Learn about conflict diamonds the KPCS and what you can do to ensure you purchase conflict-free diamonds
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Restrictions on Zimbabwe diamonds eased

Friday, Nov 30 2012 3:37PM  Newsvine - diamonds,
Restrictions on Zimbabwe diamonds eased The international body charged with monitoring and preventing the sale of blood diamonds made it easier Friday for Zimbabwe to export diamonds that are certified as "conflict-free" At the same time the group was unable to reach agreement on a ne
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How to Recognize Canadian Diamonds

Thursday, Jan 14 2010 7:00PM  Articles Written by Jill Renee From Isnare.com,
How to Recognize Canadian Diamonds Canadian diamonds provide a new alternative to people who want to buy diamonds but are not comfortable with buying pieces that are potentially conflict diamonds A conflict diamond by the UNs definition is a diamond mined by a non-legitimate government force in order to fund a rebellion Add
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Kimberley Process Group Somehow Finds Its Way to Zimbabwe

Wednesday, Jul 8 2009 6:56AM  Diamond news agency, Suzanne Gannon
Kimberley Process Group Somehow Finds Its Way to Zimbabwe Although the language of the Kimberley Process only classifies blood diamonds as diamonds directly used to fund a rebel uprising certain offenses committed since the original document was written have shown that the definition needs to be broadened This includes countless acts of violence that had allegedly been carried out by the army of Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF

CONFLICT DIAMONDS

Wednesday, Mar 4 2009 12:27AM  Diamonds,Loose Diamond India,Diamonds Manufacturer India,Wholesale Loose Diamond,Best Qual,
CONFLICT DIAMONDS

Conflict diamond is a controversial and illegal term in the diamond trading business These diamonds are illegally traded in war-suffering countries mainly in central and western Africa places where citizens have been terrorized mutilated and killed by groups in control of the local diamond trade They are diamonds that are sold to fund the unlawful and illegal operations of rebel military and terrorist groups The United Nations (UN) has defined conflict diamonds as “…diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council” These diamonds are sometimes called as “blood diamonds”

These diamonds are mined by forced labor of men women and children and many a times stolen ...

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