Angola

Also in 2011, the award-winning author and journalist, Rafael Marques de Morais, exposed hundreds of cases of murder, torture, mutilation, rape and corruption linked to the diamond industry.

His book Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola documented the link between generals in the Angolan military and government ministers, shareholders in mining companies and security companies that have committed atrocities in the diamond mining district of Lundas.

In 2015, when Angola chaired the Kimberley Process, de Morais was prosecuted for defaming the generals. He was given a six months suspended jail sentence. Despite the clear link between the diamond industry and corruption and human rights violations, diamonds from Angola are in full compliance with the Kimberley Process definition of “conflict diamonds”.

Angola
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