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||Fri Sep 16 12:08:51 EDT 2011||Joel Trupin||We need to move forward on this long festering issue of economic exploitation, unspeakable violence and residual colonialism.|
|5888||Tue Sep 13 10:51:42 EDT 2011||Natalie Chwalisz|
|5887||Tue Sep 06 13:44:04 EDT 2011||Judith Becker|
|5886||Tue Sep 06 13:44:02 EDT 2011||Judith Becker|
|5885||Sat Aug 20 13:53:32 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|5884||Mon Aug 15 22:47:16 EDT 2011||Renee Kee||When I learned about the Rwandan genocide and how the U.S. denied that it was genocide while it was taking place and did not inform the American people of what was going on, the light bulb went on in my More....head as to how corrupt the US regime truly is. How could we? There were no words to express my profound indignation.
America needs to learn that money isn't everything and that it is more important for us to love and care about each other than it is for us to make money off of each other. When we love and support each other, the economy will flourish, but if we continue this get rich scheme at any cost - even if it means turning a blind eye to millions of people who are suffering - we will, as Martin L. King said, perish together as fools. We have blood on our hands!!!
I'm not the judge at the end, but I think there will be one - I'm afraid that the blood of millions are on my hands, by virtue of the fact that I live in this country and didn't do anything and continue to do nothing about suffering that we know we have the power to stop but won't because it's not profitable. Count me in for the fight against these horrendous crimes against humanity. May God have mercy on our souls and may he forgive my ignorance.
|5883||Thu Aug 11 23:24:56 EDT 2011||peter vadiveloo||Surely the time has passed when Western culture can keep exploiting poorer people just so that we can have cheaper goods!! When will we mature as a people, as a culture?
Politicians like yourself More....can help make sure we do the right thing!!
|5882||Thu Aug 04 10:14:29 EDT 2011||sarah whitman|
|5881||Thu Aug 04 10:14:28 EDT 2011||sarah whitman|
|5880||Thu Aug 04 03:08:03 EDT 2011||Alexis Davis|
|5879||Wed Aug 03 22:14:07 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|5878||Wed Aug 03 22:11:03 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|5877||Wed Aug 03 21:57:29 EDT 2011||Joel Trupin|
|5876||Sat Jul 23 16:45:15 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|5875||Fri Jul 22 21:15:52 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|5874||Fri Jul 22 20:50:03 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|5873||Fri Jul 22 20:03:03 EDT 2011||Ann Hollyfield|
|5872||Fri Jul 22 12:46:17 EDT 2011||angela fazzari|
|5871||Fri Jul 22 12:46:15 EDT 2011||angela fazzari|
|5870||Fri Jul 22 10:27:38 EDT 2011||Joel Trupin||Western powers created, and continue to drive, instability in Africa. You and your administration have been a force for positive change. Please take the steps needed to bring resolution to African conflicts. More.... My half-African grandchildren will thank you.|
|5869||Fri Jul 22 09:56:52 EDT 2011||Gail J. Reams|
|5868||Thu Jul 21 19:07:38 EDT 2011||Robert New|
|5867||Thu Jul 21 18:30:25 EDT 2011||Elinor Vega|
|5866||Thu Jul 21 15:10:37 EDT 2011||sherrill Futrell||We've got to have your leadership.|
|5865||Thu Jul 21 15:04:40 EDT 2011||Anonymous||You have been a leader in advocating against violence towards women. In the Congo the rapes against women continue in order to destabilize the country so that the minerals needed in the "developed" countries More....can be mined and sold. The price is way too high in terms of the violence against women i order to destabilize the villages. We must not allow this atrocity to continue so that we have metals needed for our computers and other aspects of our lifestile.|