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WDC Seeks Amnesty’s Help to Resume Trade with Central African Republic

Nov 25, 2015 10:11 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... World Diamond Council’s president Edward Asscher called on Amnesty International to return to the Kimberley Process (KP) and help resume diamond trading with the Central African Republic. The country has been suspended from the KP since 2013.

Asscher, who led a delegation of 13 diamond and jewelry industry representatives, joined more than 300 delegates from 50-plus countries at the five-day KP plenary meeting at Luanda in Angola last week, the industry body said in a statement November 24.

His speech followed an Amnesty report on diamond trafficking from the Republic that alleged gem sales still funded violence in the country. The WDC president reinforced the tripartite foundation of the KP and reiterated no conflict diamonds should, under any circumstances, enter the legitimate diamond trade.

The report was described by the NGO’s legal adviser Lucy Graham as “a damning indictment of the Kimberley Process.”
Tags: Amnesty International, Central African Republic, Kimberley Process, Rapaport News, World Diamond Council
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