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All too aware of how bad association with war crimes is for business, the diamond industry has taken pains to evade questions about its connections with Israel’s human rights abuses — and so far has escaped scrutiny from watchdog organizations.

Representatives for 75 countries affiliated to the United Nations-based Kimberley Process Certification Scheme meeting in Kinshasa this week failed to reach agreement on the export of blood-stained diamonds from Zimbabwe.

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The April edition of Retail Jeweller magazine published a “letter of the month” 1 exposing the fact that Israeli diamonds evade the human rights strictures applied to rough diamonds by the Kimberley Process regulations. According to the editor, Laura McCreddie, the letter caused “consternation” to a number of readers.

May 13, 2011