Diamonds: Nicky Oppenheimer Honored by WDC & More

High Definition At its annual meeting in May in Vicenza, Italy, the World Diamond Council endorsed an initiative to consider expanding the mandate of the Kimberley Process to cover diamonds produced in violent circumstances. The Kimberley Process defines conflict diamonds as “diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments.” Critics say the definition is inadequate, as it fails to cover diamonds associated with human rights abuses. At the meeting, Partnership Africa Canada research director Alan Martin said that changing the definition was a matter of necessity. “How can you be in favor of human rights, and recognize the role state actors sometimes play in abuses, yet not classify diamonds mined in such contexts as conflict diamonds?” he asked. Kimberley Process chair Gillian Milovanovi

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