Executive Action to Suspend the Conflict Minerals Rule in the Dodd-Frank Act Will Plunge the Great Lakes into A New Cycle of Violent Conflict
March 24th, 2017 - Dr. Claude Kabemba

The Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) and its civil society partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are very concerned that the suspension of the conflict minerals rule promulgated by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act will negatively impact peace, stability and development in the DRC, and the Great Lakes region. We urge the Trump Administration not to suspend this critical section of the law.

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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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