The return of blood diamonds
The Kimberley Process that sought to stop the illegal and bloody sourcing of diamonds is in disarray as it's key author Ian Smillie has walked out on it claiming that it is not being enforced leading to diamonds sourced through bloodshed of innocent people now being widely available again.
Campaigners who point to the diamond trade as being one of the causes of civil wars in some African states have urged people to stop buying diamonds. Zimbabwe is cited as one of the worst culprits at this moment in the mining and trade of so called 'blood diamonds'
The leading architect of the international system to stop the trade in blood diamonds has warned that the safety net is close to collapse with governments and the industry failing to act against gross violations.
Ian Smillie, the "grandfather" of the landmark Kimberley Process, that was agreed in response to appalling civil wars in Africa fuelled by illegal gems, said he had "stomped out" on his scheme as it was no longer working.
"It isn't regulating the rough diamond trade," the Canadian expert said yesterday. "It is in danger of becoming irrelevant and it's letting all manner of crooks off the hook."