It criticised the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee following its vote on amendments to the proposed legislation, saying it had “wasted a ground-breaking opportunity”.
“The committee voted in favour of a weak and ineffective law that, if passed, would undermine global attempts to clean up the trade,” Global Witness said in a joint civil society statement.
“It would require only a tiny number of companies importing four key minerals into Europe to source them responsibly and transparently.”
It added that the European Parliament “risks taking a major step backwards” in its attempts to address the issue of the trade in conflict minerals.
Global Witness also highlighted that mandatory certification of conflict-free...