Blood di­a­monds boy­cott warn­ing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

NEW YORK: The Ra­pa­port Group of di­a­mond traders has warned it would boy­cott di­a­monds from Zim­babwe’s Marange field, which has been widely as­so­ci­ated with hu­man rights abuses.

The boy­cott call from the group’s chair­man, Martin Ra­pa­port, on Thurs­day.

Ra­pa­port said com­pa­nies con­tin­u­ing to trade in di­a­monds from the Marange field would be ex­pelled from the trade group.

He urged Ra­pa­port’s 6 750 trad­ing mem­bers in 78 coun­tries to be on the look­out for the char­ac­ter­is­tic green tinge of Marange di­a­monds.

Such trades are al­ready il­le­gal in the US, which has im­posed sanc­tions on the Marange mines, but Ra­pa­port said the trade also harms the in­dus­try’s rep­u­ta­tion. – SAPA-AFP

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