Civil society groups call for effective EU law on conflict minerals in letter to Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Member States of the European Union. Civil society organisations have been documenting the links between minerals and human rights abuses for years, from their role in funding violent armed groups to the use of child labour in mines.
But these abuses persist, and companies are still buying and using such minerals without assessing and addressing these risks. It is time to change the status quo. It is time for EU governments to take effective legislative action to ensure companies source minerals responsibly, transparently and sustainably.
Read the full open letter to the Dutch Presidency here.