The Conflict Minerals Trade Act of 2009, HR 4128, introduced in the United States House of Representatives by Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Washington), would help develop the means to ensure that the multimillion dollar trade in minerals from eastern Congo stops financing the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II.
The trade in Congo’s conflict minerals, namely tin, tantalite, tungsten and gold, which are used in electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops, is a major source of funding for armed groups in eastern Congo who commit atrocities against civilians. If passed, this bill would create a system of audits and import declarations that would distinguish those goods imported into the United States that contain conflict minerals. The resulting transparency would be an important step forward in helping break the links between the mineral trade and human rights violations in Congo.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call or write your Representative and urge him/her to cosponsor the Conflict Minerals Trade Act HR 4128. You can fill out the below form to email your Representative automatically, or call by dialing the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking for your Representative’s office. Click here to find out if your Representative is already a cosponsor. If s/he is already a cosponsor, you can send a thank you email!