La Concha La Madre
Human Traffic in Southest Asia
Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim.
The Islamic Republic of Iran believes it would be appropriate to recall this meeting’s purpose and background before anything else:
Diamond traffic refers to the non-authorized movement of diamonds originated from areas controlled by factions opposed tointernationally-recognized governments and used to fuel this opposition’s military actions. Its problems presented to the International Community are itself the fueling of opposition, as well as a common breach of conventional human right standards assosiated with the adquisition of these blood diamonds. It has been for many years, therefore, suggested that diamond traffic should be stopped in order that it be made easierto combat these problems. Nonetheless, it would be convenient for the underlying principle behind these suggestions not to be forgotten, which is the need to stop these breach of conventional human right standards and fueling of oppositional insurgencies.
The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme was introduced, following actions taking according to these suggestions, on 2003 to prevent blooddiamond sales from fueling rebelions. Yes, this implementation of the Kimberly Process quickly helped diminish the beligerent abilities and range of political influence of some oppositional forces by cutting their prime income strategy. It, however, would not be hard to predict a steady decay curve on the effectiveness rate of the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme-related traffic-preventionactivies; mainly because of the high posibilities that post-KPCS-rebelions have been searching for alternate economical fueling sources, and the tendency for any modern political international organisation to fall into, although less severe, illicit activities, such as corruption, as said Ian Smillie, one of the architects of the Kimberly Process itself when resigning from his position as a civilsociety representative to the process, “When regulators fail to regulate, the systems they were designed to protect collapse [...] I feel that I can no longer in good faith contribute to a pretense that failure is success”
This Kimberly Process tendency to inefficiency is most notable when the Process’ various cultural-biased actions are considered. Recalling one of those two main diamondtraffic combat’s objectives as the overall avoidance of practices opposed to those linked to optimal human right preservation, it would be expected for the Process to prohibit any diamond sales that somehow relate to a breach of human rights, which is obviously not what it does. “This narrow definition of what constitutes a ‘conflict diamond’ lets states, such as Israel, that export polished diamondsand regularly commit war crimes completely off the hook and gives an utterly false impression to consumers that all KP certified diamonds are ‘bloodless’”
Israel, being the main oppositional movement fueled by diamond sales of those practitioners in illegal activities that promote violations to human rights, is a clear example of those corruption, hypocrisy and doublespeak that lie withinvarious interpretations to the Kimberly Process; those attitudes that will always prevent the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme from ever reaching its fundamental objectives.
Concerning Zimbabwe’s relation to the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme:
They will not ever be any more than useless, considering the main problems that gave rise to the creation of the KPCS, Zimbabwe’s actionstowards becoming a signatory of the Process or somehow relate to it. Those false solutions that it suggests; even though it may seem as if they might, in a superficial level, will never do any good to Zimbabwe, neither politically, socially, nor economically.
We continue to witness a failure of the leadership in Zimbabwe to address the political, economic, human rights and humanitarian crisis...