Groups, including Amnesty International, Enough, Global Witness, Human Rights Watch and Partnership Africa Canada, co-authored a civil society statement published on Tuesday May 10, calling for reforms in relation to mineral sourcing.
These groups have historically focused on so-called conflict minerals – i.e. tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold from the Great Lakes region of Africa – but the statement also refers to the report published by Amnesty,detailing alleged human rights abuses in the artisanal cobalt mining industry
in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The statement also called on the OECD Secretariat to make it clear that its guidance on responsible supply chains applies to “all minerals from conflict-affected and high risk areas”, rather than the traditional conflict minerals only.
The groups stated that due diligence must...