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Global Witness: Metals in mobile phones help finance Congo atrocities

February 17, 2009

Global Witness recently wrote to major mobile phone manufacturers as well as mineral and metal traders to ask them what due diligence measures they are taking to ensure that their sourcing practices are not fuelling the conflict. While some firms have pledged to tighten their supply chain control, the mobile phone industry as a whole lacks sufficient measures to guarantee that phones and other electronics are free of conflict minerals.

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  1. professeurb2 permalink
    February 17, 2009 6:09 pm

    It makes me sick to think that the heinous perpetrators of violence and brutality in the Congo profit from items that I purchase and use on a daily basis, such as my cell phone. I don’t think that the public is aware of what is happening. The trafficking of diamonds has been highly publicized thanks to the movie “Blood Diamond,” but what about all of the other natural resources that come from countries such as the Congo?

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