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AMC denies Global Witness's report it is fuelling conflict in DRC
July 21, 2009 - 12:46 GMT
Amalgamated Metal Corporation
Thailand Smelting & Refining Co
ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative
Amalgamated Metal Corporation (AMC) has denied claims made by Global Witness, a non-governmental organisation, that it is fuelling conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
In a report entitled Faced with a gun, what can you do?,
Global Witness, a non-government organisation (NGO), said
European and Asian companies, including AMC’s
subsidiary Thailand Smelting & Refining Co (Thaisarco),
have been buying minerals from the DRC and in doing so have
helped fund armed groups and fuel conflict. UK-based Afrimex
and Belgium-based Trademet were named by Global Witness in the
same context. "AMC and Thaisarco have the objective… of
improving the visibility and traceability of the supply chain
in order to ensure that warring groups do not benefit from the
trade," AMC said on Tuesday. Many mining areas in eastern DRC
are controlled by rebel forces and the national army, who
"violently exploit civilians to retain access to valuable
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