Mail and Guardian

Zimbabwe’s mining minister vowed that the country “will no longer be begging for anything from anybody” after international diamond regulators agreed to let it trade about $2-billion in diamonds from a field where human rights groups say miners have been tortured.

Earlier this week, Kimberley Process experts meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo agreed to allow Zimbabwe to sell diamonds from the Marange fields. Zimbabwe, which has denied allegations of human rights abuses in the area, had been under sanctions since 2009 because of “significant noncompliance”.

The Kimberley Process was set up in 2002 after brutal wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia that were fuelled by “blood diamonds”. Participant nations are now forced to certify the origins of the diamonds being traded, assuring consumers that they are not financing war or human rights abuses. Read more…