Blood diamonds boycott warning
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