Church leaders hope Trump does not repeal conflict-minerals provisions
Church leaders and organisations in Africa, Europe and the United States said it would be disastrous if US President Donald Trump issued an executive order telling companies they no longer had to disclose whether their firms use ‘conflict minerals’ from Congo.
Western firms have been accused of working with violent gangs in Congo to obtain minerals used for producing mobile phones, laptops and other consumer objects, and of allowing trade in resources to perpetuate human rights violations.
In the United States, the chairman of the US bishops’ International Policy Committee wrote the acting head of the National Security Council urging Trump not to suspend the rules related to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.
‘Congolese die every day in the illegal mines and at the hands of the armed groups that destroy communities in order to expel them from potential mining sites,’ wrote the Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Oscar Cantu, committee chairman. ‘The estimated death toll in the Congo is the highest since the end of World War II. The international community, including our own nation, nongovernmental agencies and the Church, provides emergency assistance to displaced and traumatised persons and families – assistance that has real financial costs that do not appear on the balance sheets of corporations.’
Picture: A Congolese mine worker carries gold rich earth out of a pit for water processing in 2009 in Chudja. Church leaders say telling companies they no longer have to disclose whether their firms use ‘conflict minerals’ would be a bad move. (CNS photo/Marc Hofer, EPA).Tags: Africa, conflict-minerals, Congo, Donald Trump, Europe, President Donald Trump, President Trump, trump, United States, US