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".


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.

Lift blood diamond curbs

2012-11-14 10:29

Sanctions don't help ordinary Zimbabweans, says Malcom Sharara.

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.

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