Adopt the UN/OECD Guidelines to stop Electronics from Funding War in Congo
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Adopt the UN/OECD Guidelines to stop Electronics from Funding War in Congo

    1. Centre for African Development and Security
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      Centre for African Development and Security

      London, United Kingdom

The consumption of electronic products is directly fuelling conflict and sexual violence against women and men by funding armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thus helping to perpetuate the deadliest conflict since World War II.

We are calling on the European Union to introduce regulations requiring companies to implement the United Nations / Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains, which provide a blueprint for companies to help eliminate conflict minerals from their products.

Rebels, militia and abusive units of the Congolese army are making fortunes by exploiting four key minerals (tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold ores) that often end up in the circuit boards and capacitors of electronic devices sold throughout the European Union. Opaque international supply chains enable these ‘conflict minerals’ to make their way from rebel-controlled mines to a wide range of consumer electronics, notably mobile phones and computers.

In January, 2012, the European Commission (EC) issued a Trade and Development Communication which announced support for the UN/OECD guidelines, stating that “we will advocate greater support for and use of the… OECD’s recommendations on due diligence and responsible supply chain management.” In 2010 and 2011, the European Parliament passed two resolutions calling for the EC to propose conflict minerals legislation.

Our petition is calling on European policy makers to follow up on this momentum by adopting concrete solutions.

Please join us in this effort by signing this petition to the EU, so that the Congo’s resources can be used to promote peace and development.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 12 months ago

      We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. Our abundance has brought us neither peace of mind nor serenity of spirit.

      Martin Luther King

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    • Jane Duncan LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      just is and my son is very active and I've been to a meeting with him and was enlightened.

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    • Jon West GERMANY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have no economic power as a consumer to attempt to shape the market by choosing a guaranted conflict mineral free product. Instead I must exert pressure as a citizen and ask for political intervention.

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    • MAGHA CHARLES GIMBA COVENTRY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      We can mine Congolese Mining without killing people.

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    • T Bowen LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      I find it absolutely unfathomable that a humanitarian crisis - a holocaust - could exist on the scale, with this many casualties, for so long with the rest of the world staying silent. Its heartbreaking to feel so powerless while millions suffer with little or no protection. I will do the best I can from here to raise awareness and to activate change.

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