JA still concerned about jewels

While some diamond trade organisations have welcomed the decision by the Kimberley Process to resolve the deadlock around the trade of diamonds from Zimbabwe, they are still concerned about reports of human rights violations in Marange.

In a statement, the Jewellers of America and the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association of America said they were encouraged that steps had been taken to preserve the KP Certification Scheme, but added that they had specific concerns regarding the military’s involvement in Marange.

“JA and the DMIA believe the Kimberley Process was at risk of collapse if it did not resolve the impasse around the exportation of Marange goods, but the associations remain very concerned about alleged human rights abuses in the region,” the statement read. “The agreement presents a unique challenge for US companies and those who do business with them, as well as the US-based offices of foreign companies.”

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