Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Blood Diamonds

Blood diamonds are diamonds that are concerned in horrific human rights abuses with diamond-fueled violence, child labor, and environmental destruction. Diamond-fueled violence includes diamonds illegitimately traded to fund conflict in war-torn areas, mainly in central and western Africa. The United Nations (UN) defines conflict diamonds as "...diamonds that create from areas controlled by forces or factions different to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council." This narrow definition does not comprise state sanctioned violence, local brutality in diamond mining, or any other human rights abuses.

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