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Secretary Clinton: We Need a Credible Certification System for Congo's Minerals

Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem talks to Enough Co-Founder John Prendergast about the crisis for women and children in eastern Congo.

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.

Read our Certification Activist Brief (PDF)

Dear Secretary Clinton:

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.

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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....
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....
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....
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....
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