ARGOR gold
May 10th, 2016 - Editorial

SARW organises a conference on the case known as Argor, a Swiss Gold rafiney. The Argor Case is a case in which it refined nearly three tons of Congolese gold between 2004 and 2005 without complying with the due diligence principle or wondering whether the gold was legally or illicitly traded. Argor was taken to the Swiss Confederation Court by international NGOs. After years of investigation, the case was dismissed in March 2015, as the Congolese State failed to appear as plaintiff. This case exposes regrettably the inability of the Congolese State to claim on time, even when the conditions are in its favour, its property rights over its own property that has been illegally traded.

L'opacité entourant la vente d'actions Freeport-McMoran dans Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM) à la China Molybdenum a soulevé de sérieuses préoccupations de la population.

In Malawi, SARW, in partnership with Citizens for Justice and SADC-PF and the Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources, Energy and Mining to review the draft Mines and Minerals Bills

Kasulo is a township in the District of Kolwezi in the resource rich Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The illegal trade in natural resources, especially minerals in the east of the DRC, is one of the factors that contribute to political instability and make it difficult to consolidate peace and democracy.

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