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Government Suspends Mining in Three Eastern Congo Provinces

Congo News Agency - September 12, 2010

ColtanPresident Joseph Kabila announced on Thursday night that he was suspending all mining operations around Walikale, North Kivu province, during a speech at a banquet in Goma attended by local authorities and representatives of the civil society. The Minister of Mining, Martin Kabwelulu, said in a press release on Saturday that the suspension will be extended to all mining operations in North Kivu, South Kivu and Maniema provinces.
U.S. passes landmark reforms on resource transparency

Global Witness - July 15, 2010

ColtanProvisions in the Financial Reform Act will require oil, gas and mining companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission to publicly disclose their tax and revenue payments to governments around the world. The Act will also require companies whose products contain cassiterite (tin ore), coltan, wolframite and gold to disclose to the SEC whether they are sourcing these minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries.
Industry Representatives Discuss Conflict Minerals at the U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State - May 14, 2010

ColtanRepresentatives from the consumer electronics, automotive, jewelry and manufacturing industries met today with U.S. officials at the Department of State. The group discussed steps that can be taken to ensure that their supply chains do not contain conflict minerals that have fueled the ongoing conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Global Witness uncovers foreign companies' links to Congo violence

Global Witness - July 21, 2009

Global WitnessEuropean and Asian companies, including Bangkok-based THAISARCO (a subsidiary of British metals group AMC), UK-based Afrimex, and Belgium-based Trademet have been buying minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that are funding armed groups and fuelling conflict, said Global Witness in a report published today.
Mineral firms 'fuel Congo unrest'

BBC News - July 21, 2009

ColtanWestern mineral firms are fuelling violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo by failing to check where their raw materials come from, activists say. Global Witness says companies sourcing minerals used in electronic gadgets are buying them from traders who finance rebel and government troops.
War Crimes in the Congo by Laurent Nkunda and Paul Kagame

Congo News Agency - October 30, 2008

Paul Kagame and Laurent NkundaLaurent Nkunda is a war criminal. The Congolese government issued an international arrest warrant against him for war crimes in 2005. Human Rights Watch has been calling for his arrest for war crimes since February of 2006. He is on a UN Sanctions List for breaches of the UN arms embargo in the DRC. On October 31, 2006 U.S. President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13413 freezing his assets for contributing to the conflict in the Congo.



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