Campaign Group Exits Blood Diamond Trading Prevention Scheme

Global Witness has announced that it has withdrawn from the Kimberley Process, the international scheme established to prevent the trading of “blood diamonds”. According to Global Witness, the Kimberley Process has displayed little interest in evolving or reform over the past nine years since its establishment, rendering it “increasingly outdated”. As a result, “the sad truth is that most consumers still cannot be sure where their diamonds come from, nor whether they are financing armed violence or abusive regimes”, opined Global Witness founding director Charmian Gooch.
Global Witness’ media release (6 December 2011) 

Related news item:
Reuters: Global Witness pulls out of “blood diamond” scheme (6 December 2011)
(Source: Global Witness; Reuters)