Put a Stop to Conflict Minerals

Put a Stop to Conflict Minerals

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Scarlet Coe started this petition to Apple and

"Conflict Minerals make the world go 'round".

Millions of Congolese people have died trying to procure trillions of dollars worth of minerals used to make the laptop or smartphone you are most likely viewing this petition on. Some of these who have died are orphaned children being forced to work as slaves for as long as 24 hours at a time, while malnourished and held at gunpoint. Please hold major retailers, jewelry companies, and tech companies accountable for the human rights violations they are funding in Africa!

"Worldwide, the consumer electronics and jewelry retail industries are among the largest end-users of tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold (3TG), which they use in a wide array of products, from wedding rings to smartphones. These minerals have been linked to mass atrocities in eastern Congo through financing armed groups and state military units that have committed serious abuses like rape and abductions. For decades, activists and affected communities in Congo have called attention to these links" (EnoughProject, 2017).

Goal: End the illegal trade of Conflict Minerals and enforce that violating companies/governments fund opportunities for conflict-free gold and other mineral sourcing from Congo to better support safe, legal, viable livelihoods in Congolese mining communities.

How: "Support conflict-free sourcing opportunities and livelihood opportunities in mining communities with financial investment and public support. Conflict-free sourcing initiatives with strong traceability and assurance systems, particularly in the artisanal mining sectors in Congo, need investment. Companies can make an important impact by making financial contributions, improving their awareness of the challenges and opportunities related to developing conflict-free sourcing opportunities and livelihoods, and increasing public awareness of the need for these initiatives" (EnoughProject, 2017).

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