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HRW: letter to Sweden on mineral trade with the DRC

July 22, 2009

(…)”The armed groups and military units controlling many mining areas are carrying out horrific human rights abuses against the civilian population. As we write to you, brutal attacks against unarmed civilians in North and South Kivu are on the increase. Those responsible for the violence include the Forces démocratiques pour la libération du Rwanda (FDLR) and soldiers of the Congolese national army – both of whom are heavily involved in mining and trading in cassiterite (tin ore), coltan and gold. Without sources of funding derived from the mineral trade, it is doubtful that groups such as the FDLR would be able to sustain their operations at the current level” (…).

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. cova permalink
    July 23, 2009 6:57 pm

    para que veas que te sigo…aunque sea de lejos!

    • Blog admin permalink*
      July 23, 2009 7:12 pm

      Tú sí que sabes… Un abrazo

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