Digging Deeper: the EU’s double standards on conflict minerals

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A Zimplats employee works on a smelter at the company’s smelting plant near Harare, Zimbabwe.

Digging Deeper: the EU’s double standards on conflict minerals


The European Parliament will vote on a draft European Union (EU) regulation to address the trade in conflict mineralson Wednesday 20 May. This tradefuels conflict, fosters corruption and contributes to human rights violations in fragile states around the world. In the DRC, for example, wherean estimated 5.4 million people have lost their lives in conflict since 1996, mining revenues are a vital source of funding for militias.
European companies are complicit in this trade. The EU imports almos...


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