Leading electronics companies are trying to make it as easy as possible for their key suppliers to go conflict-free, and it’s time for those companies to take up the offer. Intel, HP, and the GE Foundation yesterday announced that they have pooled funds in a new incentive program for smelters—the key chokepoint in the conflict minerals supply chain—to get audited to be conflict-free. Read More »
Congolese leader Jacques Bahati of the Africa Faith and Justice Network recently returned from a visit to mining communities in eastern Congo and published an interesting report on his findings. The visit concluded that while the SEC continues to delay its decision on the Dodd Frank section 1502 for conflict mineral reform, people in Congo are left hanging in a state of ambiguity. Read More »
Taking a cue from American legislation aimed at de-incentivizing dealings in conflict minerals from eastern Congo, European leaders are now pushing for the adoption of due diligence guidelines to regulate electronics companies peddling products that may contain conflict minerals. The Canadian and U.K.-based Centre for African Development and Security is encouraging that trend and, with its new petition, calling on European leaders to do more. Guest blogger and CADS co-founder Greg Queyranne describes the effort. Read More »
Since late 2010, the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, or CFCI, has been the leading component of the conflict-free movement—a growing constituency of consumers who demand that their electronics products contain conflict-free minerals from eastern Congo as a way of ensuring sustainable peace in the region. Last weekend, 45 student leaders in this movement, converged upon Washington, D.C., for a two-day conference to discuss the role of student activism in enacting change in Congo. Read More »
Maryland’s legislation addressing the use of conflict minerals from eastern Congo in electronics products breezed through an important hurdle over the weekend, passing the House of Delegates unanimously on Saturday. The State Senate passed a similar bill by a vote of 46-0 two weeks earlier, leaving only a largely procedural reconciliation process between the House and Senate bills before a final version is sent to Governor Martin O’Malley’s desk. Read More »
Thomas Lubanga, the former leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots, or UPC, was convicted by the International Criminal Court last week for the conscription and use of child soldiers during the Ituri civil war from 2002 to 2003 in Congo’s Orientale province. The three-year long trial—the ICC’s first—garnered attention in eastern Congo not only because the region was the scene of Lubanga’s crimes but also because there are a handful of other rebel leaders who should face a similar fate. Read More »
We’ve learned that the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, after stalling for over a year, intends to release weak conflict minerals regulations essentially written by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers.
Here it is, the “revolutionary” iPad3, with breakthrough retina display, quad-core processor and 4G LTE wireless connectivity. This next-generation technology is captivating, and if you’re an Apple fan, as I am, you’re going to want to trade in your iPad2 and put your name on the waiting list for the iPad3. And yet, as a human rights activist, it gives me pause. Read More »