Moral Clarity in the Diamond Industry

A Special Report by Martin Rapaport


In this special report, Martin Rapaport calls for greater moral clarity in the diamond industry. The report focuses on human rights abuses occurring in Zimbabwe and points out that Zimbabwean diamonds are subject to OFAC regulations prohibiting their purchase by US businesses. The report calls on the WDC (World Diamond Council) and the JVC (Jewelers Vigilance Committee) to take stronger steps to combat human rights abuses in Zimbabwe and presents an action plan for the Diamond and Jewelry industry to prevent the sale of diamonds associated with human rights abuses.
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More Resources:

Congressional Record: Clean Diamond Act – Tony Hall
Quotes from “Guilt Trip” by Martin Rapaport, May 2000


The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme For Rough Diamonds
Interlaken Ministerial Declaration, Chore Documents, November 2002


War and Peace in Sierra Leone:
Partnership Africa Canada, November 2002


Clean Diamond Trade Act
Public Law 108–19, April 2003


Sierra Leone and Fair Trade Diamonds
Rapaport Diamond Report – Compilation of Articles by Martin Rapaport, June 2006


The Lost World
Partnership Africa Canada, November 2006


UN Resolution
Department of Public Information, News and Media Division, New York, July 2008


Footprint of Rough Diamonds From Marange Diamond Field (Zimbabwe)
Kimberley Process WGDE, December 2008


Diamonds in the Rough
Human Rights Watch, June 2009


Rapaport Statements on Zimbabwe
Martin Rapaport - Official Member Notice, Press Release and Special Report, November 2009


Rapaport Letters to the Trade
Correspondence between Martin Rapaport of the trade regarding Zimbabwe regulations, November 2009 – February 2010


The Militarized Control of Diamonds and Power in Zimbabwe
Partnership Africa Canada, June 2010


Return of the Blood Diamond
Global Witness, June 2010


Deliberate Chaos
Human Rights Watch, June 2010


Ethical Considerations
Rapaport Magazine article by Martin Rapaport, October 2010


After Kimberley Now What?
Rapaport Magazine article by Martin Rapaport, August 2011


OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
OECD Publishing, July 2012


SEC Adopts Rule for Disclosing Use of Conflict Minerals
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, August 2012


Greed and Corruption in Zimbabwe's Marange Diamond Fields
Partnership Africa Canada, Nevember 2012


Jewelers Vigilance Committee
Enews&Views, December 2012


Jewelers of America Position on Zimbabwe Diamonds






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