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 News Update

November 28, 2017

Sarah L.S. Erickson, J.D., News Associate

The Enough Project released its conflict minerals report detailing how electronics and jewelry retailers procure minerals in Congo where armed groups exploit minerals for militia profit. The report ranks companies based on their efforts to eliminate the use of conflict minerals in their products and to support conflict-free economic improvements in the global supply chain.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia announced a guilty verdict last week for former Serbian commander Ratko Mladic, known as the ‘Butcher of Bosnia.’ He was sentenced to life in prison for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Mladic gave the orders for the massacre at Srebrenica where over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe resigned after a military coup. Mugabe’s former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken over the presidency. There is speculation about whether the new president will continue Mugabe’s policies or will forge a new democratic path.

The UN reports that no humanitarian aid has reached Yemen since November 6 due to Saudi Arabia’s blockade. Almost 75% of Yemen’s population is relying on aid to provide relief from the famine conditions. The latest Saudi-imposed measures have resulted in the cessation of 70% of Yemen’s food sources. Saudi Arabia said it would reopen the ports if the UN agreed to revise its inspection regime, but the UN says that would take too long to alleviate the dire situation.