The following blog post is reposted from Swords into Plowshares, the blog of my colleagues in the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. The issue of conflicts minerals includes many concerns, from violence against women and children to eco-justice. Learn more and sign a petition to ask Secretary Clinton to work for an effective certification system for conflict minerals in Congo.
Tell Secretary Clinton: we need a credible certification system for Congo's conflict minerals.
RAISE Hope for Congo provides a way to help address the issue of conflict minerals that fuel violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
The need and momentum is growing for a credible international certification system to ensure that minerals in consumer electronics and other products are not fueling rape and violence in eastern Congo.
Ten years ago, a certification system addressing the trade in blood diamonds helped end wars in Sierra Leone and other West African countries. Similar systems have also led to significant progress in guaranteeing social and environmental standards through fair labor, forestry, and oil revenue transparency.
Now it’s Congo’s turn.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been in ministry with the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for more than 100 years.