'Blood-Free' Minerals Scheme Must Be Binding, Say EU Lawmakers

14/04/2015 14:45

An influential group of EU lawmakers seeking to prevent the financing of warlords in Africa said that European importers of minerals from conflict zones should be forced to certify their goods "blood-free", a system that would resemble the Kimberley Process, an initiative set up in 2002 to control the use of rough diamonds that fund rebel movements and human rights abuses. The European Commission says its plan is not limited to sub-Saharan Africa and could be applied across the world to places such as Colombia, where militias control some gold regions.