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US detains Marange diamonds for use of forced labour

02 october 2019

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has detained rough diamonds from the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe as they were allegedly mined from forced labour. 
U.S law bars importation of goods made wholly or in part by forced labour, which includes convict labour, indentured labour, and forced or indentured child labour. 
It said the issuance of withhold release orders (WROs) was based on information it obtained and reviewed, which indicates that the products are produced, in whole or in part, using forced labour. 
CBP also detained gold from the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC), Bone black from Brazil, garments from China and rubber gloves from Malasia.
“A major part of CBP’s mission is facilitating legitimate trade and travel,” said Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan. 
“CBP’s issuing of these five withhold release orders shows that if we suspect a product is made using forced labor, we will take that product off U.S. shelves.”
CBP said it importers have the opportunity to either re-export the detained shipments at any time or to submit information to CBP demonstrating that the goods are not in violation.
Blue Nile, a US-based online jeweler, recently blacklisted diamonds from Zimbabwe due to alleged human rights abuses in Marange. 
Rights groups have been pushing for Zimbabwean diamonds to be classified as “conflict diamonds” and barred from world markets.  
The Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) appealed to the United Nations last April to classify Zimbabwean stones as “blood diamonds”.   
Tiffany’s said at the time that it will not buy diamonds from Zimbabwe.   
State-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company is planning to boost its output this year to 4.1 million carats from 2.8 million carats in 2018.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished