Congo: Conflict Minerals Provisions Hang in the Balance

We’ve been advocating for months on legislation that would begin to address the horrific violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  Now, all of our work is being put to the test – and we need you to help push this issue over the finish line.

A committee made up of Senate and House members are currently negotiating the differences between their respective financial reform bills. The financial reform bill is the “vehicle” being used to move the Congo conflict minerals provisions forward. The Congo conflict minerals provisions would require companies to provide more information about where the minerals they purchase come from. They also require on-going documentation of the links between mining and human rights violations in the DRC, including maps of mines and mineral trading routes that finance conflict.

How will these provisions help reduce violence in the DRC? Much of the instability, displacement, conflict, and sexual violence in the Eastern DRC is financed by armed groups’ control over lucrative mines and mineral trade routes. One of several such “conflict minerals” is coltan, a critical component for the production of cell phones, laptops, and other electronics. Much of the DRC’s coltan is being illicitly mined in conflict zones and illegally exported through neighboring countries.

More information about where the minerals in our products are being mined and traded will result in the diminished ability of armed groups to finance unspeakable violence against innocent people.

Please join us as we advocate for inclusion of the Congo conflict minerals provisions in the financial reform bill. Visit our Action Center or call 866-596-7030 to contact Congress now.

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