• Petitioned Business Committee and the University General Council

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University of St Andrews
Business Committee and the University General Council

Conflict-Free Campus Initiative - St Andrews

    1. Bennett Collins
    2. Petition by

      Bennett Collins

      Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

There are four minerals that the technology we use every day (phones, laptops, digital cameras etc.) could not function without - tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. These minerals are sourced in the Eastern Congo, where various militant groups control the mines and the local population. They force people, including children, into labour, tax them heavily and enjoy a large profit. The armed groups have used rape widely as a tool of war and a way to intimidate local people, and they have perpetrated some of the worst forms of torture. It is estimated around six million people have died and hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped, all while commanders earn millions of dollars each year selling these minerals for use in electronics.

Our ultimate goal is to entice the University's Committee on Sustainable Development to pass a resolution that will:

1.) call for the university to act with more transparency, responsibility, and due diligence when purchasing electronics

2.) call for the university to make a public statement demanding their suppliers to provide 'conflict-free' products and publish the origins of the minerals used in their products

3.) call for the university to sign itself into the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, therefore aligning St Andrews with Emory University, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, University of Pennsylvania, and our other partner universities involved in the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. We are at 1,100 signatures after five days of petitioning!

      Bennett Collins
      Petition Organizer

      Please send around the petition to your family!

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. One Week Mark - Over 700 signatures already!

      Bennett Collins
      Petition Organizer

      Between our online petition and hard copy petitions, we have over 700 signatures. Well done everyone! Keep it up!

    5. 185 Signatures on our hard copy petition within just 7 hours

      Bennett Collins
      Petition Organizer

      We are overwhelmed by the support being given to this initiative. However, we need to keep the momentum going. Please send our petition to your family who should have just as much say as you have in the university's actions. Keep it up everyone!

    6. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • GREGOIRE WATUPA GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      I am one of the members of the Scottish Congolese Coaltion that have recently come together in Glasgow to raise the awareness of the british public on the current situation in DR Congo. After last year elections, "Joseph kabila", the incumbent President lost the presidential election but rigged them to hold on to power. We campaign so that the international community stop supporting this bloody african Dictator who is murdering civilians to hang on to power. They should recognise Mr Etienne Tshisekedi as true and legitimate President-elect of the DR Congo Gregoire

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    • Rachael Paul ST ANDREWS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Lets make a difference and stop the violence

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    • Joe Makangu GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Enough is enough! The DRC needs space and time to rebuild!

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    • Rebecca Kirkwood ST ANDREWS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      To help make a difference.

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    • Margaret Richards B'KARA, MALTA
      • over 2 years ago

      Saving lives is enough for a reason.....another issue is - the help stopping of child labour which has a good number of future repercussions....and perhaps start a very important debate about the much needed but non-existant debate in the Eastern Congo. I work with immigrants, and what i read about the atrocities going on in that African state is horrendous.

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