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Underreported: Zimbabwe's Blood Diamonds

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Despite international bans, Zimbabwe continues to mine “blood diamonds” from fields in Marange. On today’s second Underreported, Rona Peligal, the deputy director of the Africa division for Human Rights Watch, describes the human rights abuses there and why they continue.

You can read the HRW's report on Zimbabwe's Marange mine here.

Guests:

Rona Peligal,

Comments [4]

bvc from Trenton, NJ

What about the World Federation of Diamond Bourses? The Bources Mark, what are they doing?

Mar. 04 2010 01:53 PM
Troy from Carroll Gardens

This may be a tad off-topic, but, when I bought my wife's engagement ring, back in 2002, I made a point to work with a jeweler who claimed they would be getting their diamonds from a vendor that did *not* deal in blood diamonds. I didn't push to get any sort of certification on that but now wish I had. Is there even a way to certify that today though?

Mar. 04 2010 01:51 PM
JP from NJ

I bought my girlfriend an engagement ring that is an antique and is what I believed is called a "mine cut diamond" (a type of cut that is no longer done) from pre WW2. I bought this in hopping I wasn’t contributing to this mess but did I go back far enough in time?

Mar. 04 2010 01:51 PM
john from office

I remember the American left hailing him as a great leader for africa. South africa is headed in the same direction. Note new laws directing whites to sell a controling intereest in any enterprise to an indigenous person, within five years.

Mar. 04 2010 01:27 PM

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