Civil Society walks out of Kimberley Process Meeting

June 23, 2011

“We note, with bitter regret that there is a significant gap between our expectations of the scheme, and what it is actually achieving … For that reason we are expressing a vote of no confidence in the Kimberley Process.” RAPAPORT News reports that Alfred Brownell of Green Advocates, Liberia, told the meeting this on behalf of the coalition.  Bronwell stressed that the process has failed to protect the interest of communities that have suffered from diamond fuelled violence. The Civil Society Coalition of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, walked out of the intersessional meeting Thursday. The meeting being held in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), focused on compliance issues surrounding Zimbabwe’s Marange mine. Read this report here.

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