Conflicts Between Conflict Diamond Trade

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There is a certain issue which needs to be looked at in West and Southern Africa today. This issue deals with conflict diamond trade, which is the trade of diamonds in which the conditions for the miners had been extremely poor, and as well, the profit gathered is usually taken into the funding of illegal activities in the area, such as funding rebel movements. Being in the 21st century, this should not be allowed by the general public, and there were actions taken by different organisations to attempt to stop the conflict diamond trade. However, up until today, they have only had limited success. For example, The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, although having many advantages, also has some disadvantages to it, which will be touched upon. Furthermore, there are some additional measures which could help in preventing the trade of conflict diamonds in the future, which will also be discussed. This will give potential chances to help end the conflict diamond trade in which many parts of Africa are suffering from.

One example of an attempt to stop conflict diamond trade and has had only limited success is The Kimberly Process is a system which was created by many different organisations, including multinationals, governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (Sharife 2011, p.1). The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, also known as KPCS is a global initiative which attempts to certify the diamonds which are mined in west and…

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