US: Gems disclosure violates free speech

2014-04-15 12:00

A US appeals court has struck down a ruling forcing firms to disclose if their products contain "conflict minerals" from Africa, saying it violates free speech.

UN lavishes rare praise on Sierra Leone

2014-03-27 11:06

The UN Security Council has lavished rare praise on Sierra Leone, a country once known for "blood diamonds" and rebels chopping limbs off innocent civilians.

Arms dealer 'expelled' from S Leone

2013-08-06 08:54

A Sierra Leone court has issued an arrest warrant for one of the most notorious arms dealers of its brutal 11-year civil war.

Conflict diamond trade down

2013-06-07 17:29

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme has had a significant affect on the global trade in rough diamonds the past decade, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu says.

In CAR, diamonds are a rebel's best friend

2013-05-07 10:33

Seleka rebels who ousted CAR president are solidifying their control over the country’s lucrative diamond industry and have been selling some of the stones, witnesses say.

Zanu-PF suspends diamond graft officials

2013-02-12 18:48

The party of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has suspended five senior officials on suspicion of fraud involving €521 678 of diamond proceeds.

Push to amend KP diamonds definition

2012-11-15 10:01

Outgoing US Kimberly Process chair Gillian Milovanovic wants to link the definition of conflict diamonds with human rights and financial transparency.

Shabangu: Stop sanctions on Zim diamonds

2012-11-13 09:07

SA and Namibia have called for an end to sanctions imposed on the Zimbabwean gem trade because of pressure from human rights groups.


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Zim army, cops 'must get diamond mines'

2012-07-02 12:04

Zimbabwe's mines and mining development minister has reportedly pledged to give gold, platinum and diamond mines to the military forces and police "to safeguard the country’s minerals".

Watchdog to broaden 'blood diamond' ban

2012-06-08 13:02

Blood diamonds were once the scourge of African nations used to fund years of brutal civil wars. Now, a UN-mandated watchdog aims to stop gem greed from fuelling more violence.

Charles Taylor was once a feared warlord

2012-05-30 15:28

Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor, the first former head of state to be sentenced in a war crimes trial by a global court since 1946, was once one of Africa's most feared warlords.

Taylor committed 'heinous, brutal crimes'

2012-05-30 12:31

Judges at an international war crimes court that sentenced former Liberian president Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison said Taylor was responsible for "some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history".

Charles Taylor to be sentenced

2012-05-30 10:56

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor is set to be sentenced for war crimes by a UN court after being convicted for arming Sierra Leone rebels in return for "blood diamonds".

China's Zimbabwe diamonds unpaid

2012-05-17 20:29

Chinese diamond firm Anjin failed to remit revenue from its operations in Zimbabwe's controversial Marange fields in the first quarter of this year, Finance Minister Tendai Biti says.

Charles Taylor timeline

2012-04-26 10:35

A timeline of Charles Taylor's rise and fall. The ex-leader is awaiting verdict on charges of arming Sierra Leone's rebels in return of "blood diamonds" in the 1990s.

Charles Taylor verdict - Liberia urges calm

2012-04-25 21:33

The government of Liberia had urged people to stay calm ahead of the imminent war crimes verdict on former president Charles Taylor from the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Taylor trial: Date set for verdict

2012-03-01 13:04

Judges trying former Liberian president Charles Taylor for crimes against humanity during the civil war in Sierra Leone will hand down their verdict on April 26, court officials say.

Zimbabwe needs diamond money: PM

2012-02-16 22:30

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says the government desperately needs revenue from diamond sales, after the lifting of a global ban imposed over military abuses.

Another Zimbabwe diamond mine gets OK

2012-02-12 20:15

International diamond watchdog the Kimberley Process (KP) has certified Zimbabwe's Diamond Mining Company to sell gems from the violence-tainted Marange fields.

US group bans diamonds from Zimbabwe

2011-12-23 08:37

The Rapaport Group of diamond traders says it would boycott diamonds from Zimbabwe's Marange field.

Zimbabwe diamonds give $600m boost

2011-11-24 20:23

Zimbabwe's government expects to take in $600m in additional revenue from diamond sales next year, after a global watchdog lifted its ban on exports.

Diamonds: Zim hails KP's decision

2011-11-02 14:07

Zimbabwe’s mining minister is hailing a decision that allows the country to start trading diamonds from an area mired in controversy.

Watchdog approves Zim diamond sales

2011-11-01 22:45

The Kimberley Process watchdog has authorised diamond sales from two mining sites in Marange, Zimbabwe, which had housed alleged torture camps.

Banks 'boost Zim diamond violence'

2011-08-30 15:49

Foreign banks with investments in Zimbabwe enable human rights abuses by failing to stop partners from facilitating illegal diamond sales, say rights groups.


Cameroon tightens border over diamonds

2014-03-31 20:33

Cameroon is tightening border security to halt the illegal flow of diamonds from neighbouring, conflict-torn Central African Republic.

Ex-US rep vows to expose Zim illegal gem deals

2014-03-05 11:43

Former US congressman Mel Reynolds says he believes he is being pursued by a secret Zimbabwean death squad because he threatened to disclose information involving “blood diamonds”.

Kimberley Process upholds CAR suspension

2013-06-07 21:06

A UN-mandated diamond watchdog has confirmed the Central African Republic's suspension from global certified diamond trading after a coup in March.

Zim 'richest in sub-Saharan Africa'

2013-05-17 14:14

Zimbabwe is probably the richest and most heavily resourced country in sub-Saharan Africa, but these resources are not benefiting the poor, a British MP says.

Belgium 'loves' Zim blood diamonds

2013-02-13 22:01

A monitoring group on conflict diamonds says it wants restrictions on the sale of Zimbabwe diamonds tightened in the face of calls to relax them by diamond companies in Belgium.

Liberia's Taylor begins appeal

2013-01-22 18:26

Liberian warlord Charles Taylor has began his appeal against a 50-year prison sentence handed down by Sierra Leone's UN-backed special court.

Mugabe circle loot diamonds - report

2012-11-12 13:37

At least $2bn worth of diamonds have been stolen from Zimbabwe's eastern diamond fields and have enriched President Robert Mugabe's ruling circle, says a report.

Liberia 'willing' to fight blood diamonds

2012-09-14 18:01

Liberia has challenged a UN report that questioned its commitment to stamp out the trade in blood diamonds, saying it lacked the means not the will to clean up its role in the industry.

Charles Taylor to appeal sentence

2012-06-19 12:57

Lawyers for Liberia's former president Charles Taylor plan to appeal a 50-year prison sentence handed down to him by a special UN-backed court last month, a document before the court says.

US allows Zim officials in for diamond summit

2012-06-04 10:02

The Obama administration has granted visas to two senior officials from Zimbabwe to attend a meeting of an international body charged with monitoring and preventing the sale of blood diamonds.

S Leone victims hail Taylor jail sentence

2012-05-30 13:42

Victims of Sierra Leone's civil war have welcomed a 50-year prison sentence term for Liberia’s former leader Charles Taylor for backing the rebels who wrought terror in their country.

Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years

2012-05-30 11:51

A UN-backed war crimes court has sentenced former Liberian president Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison for arming Sierra Leone rebels in return for "blood diamonds".

Guilty Charles Taylor faces sentencing

2012-05-28 07:58

Liberian warlord Charles Taylor is set to be sentenced for war crimes by a special UN court after being found guilty of arming Sierra Leone rebels in return for "blood diamonds".

Lawyers to argue Charles Taylor sentencing

2012-05-16 08:02

Sierra Leone’s UN-backed war crimes court is set to hear arguments on the sentencing of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, who has been convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Charles Taylor awaits historic verdict

2012-04-26 07:54

Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor is set to hear a historic verdict on charges of arming Sierra Leone's rebels in return of "blood diamonds" in the 1990s.

Blood diamonds: Taylor awaits trial

2012-04-24 08:03

Liberian former leader Charles Taylor is awaiting a verdict on charges of arming Sierra Leone's rebels in return for "blood diamonds" in the 1990s.

Zim PM urges transparent diamond trade

2012-02-17 18:51

Zimbabwe’s PM Morgan Tsvangirai has called for openness in the country’s nascent diamond trade, getting underway after the lifting of a global ban over rights abuses.

Zimbabwe diamond cash stash for elections

2012-02-15 16:47

A group monitoring blood diamonds say officials loyal to the president are stashing profits from Zimbabwe's diamond fields, and cited fears the money could be used for political violence.

Zimbabwe diamond miners short changed

2011-12-29 16:31

Thousands of Zimbabweans are still awaiting compensation after they had to make way for state-linked mining companies earlier.

Chinese sell Zimbabwe diamonds

2011-12-06 22:34

The first auction of gems from a Zimbabwean diamond field where the military stands accused of carrying out abuses is under way, a month after an international ban on sourcing precious stones from the area was lifted.

Zimbabwe to get diamond boost

2011-11-02 17:34

Zimbabwe could earn billions of dollars a year selling diamonds from a region scarred by army abuse, officials say after a crisis that left the global "blood diamond" watchdog badly tarnished.

KP 'mustn’t clear Zim to sell diamonds'

2011-11-02 13:01

The Kimberley Process diamond watchdog shouldn’t have cleared Zimbabwe to sell gems from its controversial Marange fields because the mining conditions remain murky, a Zimbabwean lawmaker says.

Zim diamond activist barred from leaving

2011-09-12 07:29

Lawyers for a prominent Zimbabwean human rights activist say state security officials prevented him from leaving the southern African country for a conference in Ireland on rights violations.

Zimbabwe 'torture' camp exposed

2011-08-08 10:34

A torture camp run by Zimbabwe’s security forces is operating in the country’s Marange diamond fields, according to a report, which revealed gruesome stories by the victims.

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