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The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

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Campaign to Block Zim Diamonds

11 march 2009

A Canadian group called Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) called for the United Nations Security Council to place an embargo on Zimbabwe's diamonds, Israelidiamond.co.il reported. One of the organization’s leaders demanded that something must be done about the conflict in Zimbabwe because the situation is "out of control".
In a recent report by Partnership Africa Canada, the Kimberley Process (KP) was blamed for having done next to nothing to halt "conflict" diamonds from Zimbabwe being traded on international markets.  The report, Zimbabwe, Diamonds and the Wrong Side of History, details how the KP was intended to prevent trafficking in conflict diamonds which are "directly linked to the fuelling of armed conflict, the activities of rebel movements aimed at undermining or overthrowing legitimate governments, and the illicit traffic in, and proliferation of armaments, especially small arms and light weapons". 
PAC claims that the Zimbabwe diamonds are the cause of growing human rights violations "including extra-judicial killings by state security forces, and if the situation is allowed to go unchecked, they are likely to become a source of growing social instability".  If the embargo is adopted it would most certainly cause damage to Murowa Mines, under controlling ownership by RioZim.
The Standard mentions reports that ever since the 2006 diamond rush in Chiadzwa, state security forces are suspected of torturing and killing panners in an attempt to halt illegal mining in the Marange.  PAC says that the government must put a stop to human rights offenses and renew the rule of law and legal justice to the diamond fields of Chiadzwa and to the entire diamond industry.
If the KP fails to sanction strident policies against Zimbabwe, PAC is convinced that without these sanctions the consumer confidence in the purity of the diamonds will be severely damaged.  A year ago PAC and another group called Global Witness called for immediate suspension of local diamond mining from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. 
A fact-finding group from the KP toured the country and declared that the country had satisfactory controls that would deter smuggling of precious diamonds.  Following the KP mission to Zimbabwe, PAC responded by saying that they had done too little in investigating human rights abuses out on the diamond fields