Conflict Minerals: the Search for a Normative Framework

This Chatham House report discusses legal obligations on conflict minerals in the DRC. Violence in the eastern part of the country has persisted partly due to the illicit trade in minerals and the associated interests of various opposition groups. It was only in 2005 that the Security Council acknowledged the connection between armed conflict and minerals in the DRC for the first time. While many of the Council’s measures have been non-binding in the past, recent SC resolutions 1857 and 1952 have had binding legal force.

By Louise Arimatsu and Hemi Mistry

Chatham House
September 2012

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