Established in 2000, the Kimberley Process is a non-governmental organization that is devoted to preventing the flow of conflict diamonds around the world. By definition, conflict diamonds, or commonly referred to as ‘blood diamonds’, are “rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance armed conflicts aimed at legitimate governments”. This international certification scheme contributes to the regulation of rough diamonds across the world, with participants from 81 countries. These participants around the globe represent major rough diamond producing, exporting, and importing countries, creating a bigger influence within the diamond industry to maintain a strong ethical standard. The Kimberly Process currently remains the only international network protecting the market from this conflict diamonds.
These conflict diamonds create many ethical issues that entail dehumanization of innocent workers, as well as the corruption of governments. Children are kidnapped and are made into soldiers and labourers, and are forced to risk their lives to benefit these rebel groups through manipulation and fear tactics. Innocent citizens are treated as disposable slaves to mine these diamonds, and are killed if they try to act on their free will or escape the inhumane conditions they face. Corruption and misuse of power within these countries governments contribute to the failure to protect suffering citizens, and emphasizes the lack of morality from its political leaders. No diamond is worth such havoc in this world.
To learn more about the Kimberley Process and its initiatives, visit www.kimberleyprocess.com