Conflict Diamonds – Blood Diamonds

Time to upgrade your knowledge about Conflict Diamonds, also referred to as blood diamonds or war diamonds, are diamonds mined in a war zone and sold internationally. The miners are subject to human rights abuses, and the profits go towards war efforts in already politically unstable regions.

Despite international efforts to identify and boycott conflict diamonds, many still make it into the international market. The World Diamond Council verifies that diamonds being sold did not come from a conflict region, and can be labeled conflict-free. Smuggling makes it difficult to completely verify, so many diamond sellers donate money to relief charities in order to make their diamonds conflict-neutral.

Our background Conflict / Blood Diamond Research

The UN Stand Global Policy Forum – Diamonds in Conflict: Key UN Documents

US Policy and Laws

Global Policy Forum – Senator Judd Gregg Introduces Conflict Diamonds Act to Senate

Canadian Policy and Laws
CRS Report for Congress – Diamonds and Conflict: Background, Policy, and Legislation

European Policy and Laws

Worldwide Transparency in the Diamond Sector