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The Democratic Republic of Congo is one country where rights holders suffer from the lack of effective legislations for conflict minerals.

European parliament must stop trade in conflict minerals

Today, May 20, the European parliament will vote on a proposed regulation to tackle the trade in conflict minerals. The trade in tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) is fuelling conflict which has had devastating consequences for people in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Colombia.

5/20/2015 Publisher: Joakim Wohlfeil

An effective regulation of conflict minerals is necessary

Diakonia and many other organizations within the civil society are gravely concerned that the regulation proposed by the European Commission does not envision any real change.

The regulation makes it merely optional for importers to source these minerals responsibly. The proposed voluntary scheme would cover just 0.05% of companies using these minerals within the EU. No companies would be legally obliged to check whether they are complicit in financing conflict or human rights abuses.

Read more about conflict minerals

To The Guardian with an letter from civil society organizations about the opportunity that the EU parliament must seize

To Global Witness press release: "Europe looks set to prioritise big business over people suffering under the deadly conflict minerals trade‚ÄĚ