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  • Centre for Research and Development condemns rise in human rights abuses in Marange diamond fields
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    April 13, 2011

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    On 11 April Centre for Research and Development (CRD) issued a press statement noting an upsurge in violence against citizens around Marange diamond fields by Zimbabwe's security forces in the past five weeks and strongly condemned the state-sponsored violence. CRD called on the government of Zimbabwe to immediately bring to an end the human rights abuses and investigate state security agents that have been implicate in committing the abuses.

    CRD further urged the government of Zimbabwe to fully implement the Swakopmund Joint Work Plan (JWP) which called on the Zimbabwe government to develop "control systems including removing incentives for smuggling" "and the setting up of adequate security infrastructure" at Marange diamond fields.

    Meanwhile, the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) Working Group on Monitoring (WGM) will meet this week in Dubai on 14 April to discuss the issue of exports from Zimbabwe's Marange diamonds following a unilateral attempt by KPCS Chair - DRC - to allow the exports in violation of the KPCS consensus rules.

    Zimbabwe civil society groups will make submissions co-ordinated under the KPCS Zimbabwe Local Focal Point which Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition is part of.

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