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Global Witness, the human rights and inflict minerals campaign group, has accused the UK government of acting unlawfully by refusing to put
forward companies trading in ‘conflict minerals’ from the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC) for United Nations sanctions.
The organisation made the accusation as it made an application to the UK High Court for judicial review on July 26.
Global Witness says that several UK companies were known to be trading in
minerals sourced from the eastern DRC, and should have been listed for
sanctions following a 2008 UN resolution on conflict minerals.
The resolution calls for a travel ban and asset freeze to be imposed on all
individuals and entities supporting illegal armed groups in the eastern
DRC through the illicit trade of natural resources.
A further resolution, passed in 2009, encourages UN member states to put forward individuals and companies for sanctions, Global Witness added.
“It is a sad day when we have to sue the UK government, but we hope that
this case will mark a turning point,” said Gavin Hayman, campaigns
director at Global Witness.
The government argues that the UN resolutions do not have retroactive effect, and therefore any evidence
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