Britain and other Western countries have failed adequately to investigate the role of multinational companies in exacerbating conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a report says. The document, by the Oxford-based research organisation Rights and Accountability in Development (Raid), accuses governments of failing to act against companies named by a United Nations expert panel in October 2002 as having broken international guidelines. The guidelines, to which Britain is a signatory, cover areas such as the mining and trading of so-called “conflict diamonds”, exploitation of mineral resources, arms sales and currency violations. Full Story
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