A few months ago the World Diamond Council announced its newly proposed definition of conflict diamonds. The new definition, inspired by the work of the Kimberley Process encompasses more prominent issues that are associated with conflict diamonds, such as violations human and worker rights.
The proposal describes these problematic gems as: “rough diamonds used by public security forced or private (including criminal or mercenary) armed groups to acquire wealth through illegal control, bribery, taxation, extortion or dispossession of people”. In addition, the definition will include the mention of stones obtained through “widespread violence, forced labor, child labor, or through violations of international humanitarian law”.
This shift towards a more rigorous definition can be seen as a victory for the Kimberley Process, who has spent years working towards improving the lives of those who have been suffering from conditions associated with conflict diamonds. Their goal is to ensure that every diamond processed and sold through the diamond industry is untouched by the disturbing realities that occur in highly concentrated mining areas across the world. In order for this proposal to pass and to become implemented, all countries who are members of the Kimberley Process must vote unanimously to approve it. Many strongly believe that this new definition will bring positive change within the industry, and will put more emphasis on morals and values that are most important in this business.