Secretary Clinton: We Need a Credible Certification System for Congo's Minerals
The need and momentum is growing for a credible international certification system to ensure that minerals in consumer electronics and other products are not fueling rape and violence in eastern Congo.
Ten years ago, a certification system addressing the trade in blood diamonds helped end wars in Sierra Leone and other West African countries. Similar systems have also led to significant progress in guaranteeing social and environmental standards through fair labor, forestry, and oil revenue transparency.
Now it’s Congo’s turn.
Call on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be a leader for certification now.
The trade in Congo’s conflict minerals is one of the primary drivers of violence and instability in the region. Now is the time for the U.S. to be a leader in unifying efforts to create a legitimate mining sector that benefits the people of eastern Congo.
The momentum and responsibility derived from the passage of the conflict minerals provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform act last year requires further action and leadership from the Obama Administration.
Members of Congress, leaders of the private sector, and civil society groups are all taking action and agree that certification is a necessary next step to help stem the violence fueled by minerals in the DRC – and that the U.S. must play a leading role.
We call on you to convene a high-level meeting to bring together senior executives of end-user companies, industry groups, Congolese civil society, and regional political leaders to create a single, comprehensive international certification system. Your leadership is essential to driving consensus towards a transparent and credible process.
|Number||Date||Name||Tell us in your own words ...|
|5889||Tue Sep 20 09:06:32 EDT 2011||Steve Overton|
|5888||Tue Sep 20 00:23:28 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|5887||Mon Sep 19 21:21:59 EDT 2011||Jennifer Cramer|
|5886||Mon Sep 19 20:56:33 EDT 2011||christine mcfadden|
|5885||Mon Sep 19 16:50:45 EDT 2011||Sarah Putt||I am from the UK and hope our country chooses to take the same action when it comes to providing hope in the Congo!|
|5884||Mon Sep 19 14:14:22 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Whether for convenience or necessity... new technology does not mean progress if it is dependent on or is the result of the persecution of anyone. This is an inhuman atrocity.|
|5883||Mon Sep 19 00:55:41 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|5882||Sun Sep 18 20:41:09 EDT 2011||Jason Maghan|
|5881||Sun Sep 18 16:56:04 EDT 2011||stacey goeckeritz|
|5880||Sun Sep 18 16:07:52 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|5879||Sun Sep 18 16:07:52 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|5878||Sun Sep 18 16:04:55 EDT 2011||Randi Viggiano||This is an ongoing issue that we as humans MUST stand up against. The women of this nation need our support against the horrific violence they must deal with on a daily basis!|
|5877||Sun Sep 18 15:57:27 EDT 2011||Madeline Campbell||These atrocities must be stopped and as the largest economy in the world it is our responsibility to stop them.|
|5876||Sun Sep 18 15:44:18 EDT 2011||Natasha Mohr||There are so many things happening over which we have no control. This is something we can actually change. We have to. It is our human responsibility.|
|5875||Sun Sep 18 13:57:59 EDT 2011||Melissa Preiss|
|5874||Sun Sep 18 12:04:06 EDT 2011||Beth Saule|
|5873||Sun Sep 18 12:02:04 EDT 2011||Beth Saule|
|5872||Sun Sep 18 09:23:32 EDT 2011||Amanda Braga|
|5871||Sun Sep 18 07:42:22 EDT 2011||Laura Sa'o|
|5870||Sun Sep 18 07:10:17 EDT 2011||Anonymous||That this conflict and the suffering it causes has gone on for this long is unacceptable. I hope those in positions of power will rise to the occasion and take action to bring it to an end.|
|5869||Sun Sep 18 02:36:30 EDT 2011||David Diaz Tard?n||We Need a Credible Certification System for Congo's Minerals.|
|5868||Sat Sep 17 21:10:41 EDT 2011||Rachel Savas||I don't like when people are at war|
|5867||Sat Sep 17 20:46:38 EDT 2011||Mireille Membele||I am a Congolese living in Australia and think it's criminal that rapes and killing of people are tolerated by the wholle civilized world!People are helpless and it's not right not to do anything about More....it!People should think twice before purchasing a mobile phone and other luxuries just as they have started to think about their cup of coffee or their diamonds.|
|5866||Sat Sep 17 15:29:44 EDT 2011||Alexandra Giacchino||The idea that there are human beings suffering for luxuries we take for granted is deeply disturbing. These victims are mothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters, all like our own. They are communities like More....our own. They are human beings like ourselves. Like you said after your visit to the DRC in 2009, "These acts don’t just harm a single individual, or a single family, or village, or group. They shred the fabric that weaves us together as human beings. Such atrocities have no place in any society." Such atrocities have no place in any society. Indeed.|
|5865||Sat Sep 17 15:29:43 EDT 2011||Alexandra Giacchino||The idea that there are human beings suffering for luxuries we take for granted is deeply disturbing. These victims are mothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters, all like our own. They are communities like More....our own. They are human beings like ourselves. Like you said after your visit to the DRC in 2009, "These acts don’t just harm a single individual, or a single family, or village, or group. They shred the fabric that weaves us together as human beings. Such atrocities have no place in any society." Such atrocities have no place in any society. Indeed.|