West 'has failed to stop' Congo war profiteering from war'
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