Human Rights Abuses in the Marange Diamond Fields of Zimbabwe
This 62-page report documents how, following the discovery of diamonds in Marange in June 2006, the police and army have used brutal force to control access to the diamond fields and to take over unlicensed diamond mining and trading. Some income from the fields has been funneled to high-level party members of ZANU-PF, which is now part of a power-sharing government that urgently needs revenue as the country faces a dire economic crisis.
In February 2009, Human Rights Watch researchers conducted more than 100 one-on-one interviews with witnesses, local miners, police officers, soldiers, local community leaders, victims and relatives, medical staff, human rights lawyers, and activists in Harare, Mutare, and Marange district in eastern Zimbabwe.
- Diamonds in the Rough
- Map of Zimbabwe and the Marange Diamond Fields
- Glossary of Acronyms
- I. Summary
- II. Recommendations
- III. Methodology
- IV. Background
- V. Human Rights Abuses, Corruption, and Extortion by the Police (November 2006 to October 2008)
- VI. Human Rights Abuses by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (October 2008 to June 2009)
- VII. Continuing Abuses by the Military in Marange
- VIII. Beneficiaries of the Illicit Diamond Trade
- IX. Response of the International Community
- X. Acknowledgements