Israel's Blood Diamonds

Israel's Blood Diamonds

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In 2017 Australia is chairing the international diamond regulatory body, the Kimberley Process Certifications Scheme (KPCS), which regulates the trade in rough diamonds.

**SPECIAL NOTE: Australia will host the next Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting in Brisbane, 9-14 December 2017 **

The Kimberley Process is holding two meetings in Australia in 2017. The first meeting was held in Perth in May; the second meeting will be in Brisbane in December.

Thus, as Australians - and with our other concerned international friends - we take this important opportunity to raise awareness about the double standards of the diamond industry and its refusal to broaden the ...

In 2017 Australia is chairing the international diamond regulatory body, the Kimberley Process Certifications Scheme (KPCS), which regulates the trade in rough diamonds.

**SPECIAL NOTE: Australia will host the next Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting in Brisbane, 9-14 December 2017 **

The Kimberley Process is holding two meetings in Australia in 2017. The first meeting was held in Perth in May; the second meeting will be in Brisbane in December.

Thus, as Australians - and with our other concerned international friends - we take this important opportunity to raise awareness about the double standards of the diamond industry and its refusal to broaden the KP definition of a 'conflict diamond' to include diamonds that fund human rights violations by State-based government forces.

At the first KP Intersessional Meeting in Perth on 1 May 2017, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop noted:

...We know that for a very long time consumers, buyers, have focused on the 4 Cs – Carat, Clarity, Colour and Cut. I believe that these days there’s a fifth C, and that’s Conscience. According to De Beers research last year, the Millenials are three times more likely than older buyers to avoid diamonds unless they have complete confidence that they have been responsibly sourced. ...I trust that you have a productive meeting, that you remember why the Kimberley Process was established in the first place...ensuring that the global diamond trade remains full of integrity, efficacy and responsible, ethical practices. 

WE AGREE, MINISTER!

We, too, want to see a global diamond industry of 'integrity, efficacy and responsible, ethical practices.'

We want responsibly sourced diamonds free from the blood of both rebel violence and state-based violence.

The Kimberley Process to regulate 'conflict diamonds' is flawed until it addresses conflict in ALL its forms - that by non-state 'rebel movements', plus that by State-based government forces.

If the aim of the Kimberley Process is to ensure the diamond industry does not 'finance armed conflict', then a legitimate process would look at ALL forms of armed conflict and human rights abuses within an independently-monitored regulatory system.

We ask Australia, as 2017 Chair of the Kimberley Process, to take leadership on - as our Foreign Minister has said - "ensuring that the global diamond trade remains full of integrity, efficacy and responsible, ethical practices."

We ask Australia, as 2017 Chair of the Kimberley Process, to:

  1. Broaden the definition of 'conflict diamonds' to include human rights violations by State-based government forces
  2. Ensure due diligence of the Kimberley Process by independent third party audits of the diamond supply chain.

PLEASE GIVE TWO MINUTES OF YOUR TIME FOR PALESTINE.

Ensure your voice is heard for an ethical, responsible diamond trade, free from the stain of Israel’s blood diamonds and human rights abuses against the Palestinian people.

For further information and resources, please see our CAMPAIGN PAGE.

#Israeliblooddiamonds ; #blooddiamonds ; #conflictdiamonds

Thank you,

Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA)
South Australia  |  www.afopa.com.au

 

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