Will Europe Follow KP's Lead with Conflict Mineral Legislation?

03/06/2015 16:25

[Angolan journalist and human rights activist Raphael Marques’ case] comes just days after the European Parliament made history by voting in favour of a strong, binding law to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals. If this law comes into effect, it would put Europe at the forefront of global efforts to clean up the minerals trade and encourage businesses to source minerals in a way that benefits local communities, not armed groups. If the European Council follows suit, this law could require European companies importing four key minerals – tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold – to ensure their purchases are not contributing to conflict or human rights abuses in other countries. Crucially, it would also require European companies importing minerals in products, such as laptops and mobile phones, to source minerals responsibly for the first time.