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Firms 'unpunished' over Congo war

A British-based development group has accused industrialised countries of failing to punish companies alleged to have profited from the DR Congo war. The group says governments from the world’s 30 richest countries failed to investigate what companies based in their countries did in the Congo. Four years ago a UN panel named companies and individuals that had allegedly been enriched by the war. The governments concerned say the UN has failed to substantiate the claims. The war in the DR Congo that broke out in 1998 claimed over three million lives. and included slaughter and atrocities on an almost unimaginable scale. A UN Security Council appointed a panel to reported on how Congo’s gold, diamonds and other minerals paid for and fuelled the conflict. But after reporting, the panel was wound up, leaving a host of unanswered questions. Full Story

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