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Ex-rebels take over mineral trade extortion racket

Global Witness - March 11, 2010

Global WitnessFormer rebels from the Congrès national pour la défense du peuple (CNDP) have established mafia-style extortion rackets covering some of the most lucrative tin and tantalum mining areas in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Global Witness reported today following four weeks of research in the region.
Mobile Phone Industry Accused of Financing Congo Conflict

VOA News - February 15, 2010

Coltan in cellphonesAn international watchdog is calling for the mobile phone industry to do more to halt the use of rare metals that are mined in conflict zones.  Speaking on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress, Global Witness says metals found in everyday electronic objects are fueling conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
New report urges UN to learn lessons on resource-fuelled wars

Global Witness - January 27, 2010

Global WitnessThe lack of a coherent and committed international approach to tackling the role of natural resources in conflict is costing lives in Democratic Republic of Congo and heightening the risk of further unrest in other fragile states such as Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea, according to a new report from Global Witness.
UN report: Vast International Network Helping Rwandan Hutu Rebels in Eastern Congo

Congo News Agency - November 27, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesA report by a group of experts, mandated by the United Nations Security Council to investigate on the situation in eastern Congo, has found that a vast international network that spans more than 25 countries is helping the Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) continue their atrocities in the region.

Global Witness urges governments to act on findings of UN experts' report on DRC

Global Witness - November 26, 2009

Global WitnessUN member states should take strong action in response to new information about companies and individuals who trade in minerals from areas of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo controlled by armed groups, Global Witness said today.
AMC sidesteps responsibility by suspending purchases from Congo

Global Witness - September 18, 2009

Global WitnessThe decision by British-owned Amalgamated Metals Corporation (AMC) and its subsidiary THAISARCO to suspend purchases from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a regrettable move, which suggests the company is not serious about improving supply chain due diligence, said campaign group Global Witness today.
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.
63 Leading NGOs Press for Urgent Implementation of Goma Peace Agreement

Human Rights Watch - April 23, 2008

Apolinaire Malu MaluThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the armed groups, and international parties to the Goma peace agreement should urgently implement the accord and end the horrific suffering of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children facing brutal violence and deadly diseases in eastern Congo, 63 international and Congolese human rights and aid groups said in a joint statement today.
The Congolese government establishes a panel to review mining contracts

MONUC - March 28, 2008

Martin KabweluluDuring a press conference held on 24 March 2008 in his office, Mining Minister Martin Kabwelulu announced the establishment of a panel to review mining contracts, following the publication of the final report of the Review Commission set up by the Technical Cell for Mining Planning and Coordination (CTPCM). Among others, the tasks of the panel will be to readjust the share of the State in the different partnerships, said the Minister.







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