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Kimberley Process Year by Year

Kimberley Process in 2014: Divisions Within the WDC

With China as the Kimberley Process Chair in 2014, supported by Angola holding the position of Vice Chair, the year began quietly for the diamond certification scheme. The major excitement of the year concerning the KP happened during the last few months.


Kimberley Process in 2013 – the End of EU Sanctions on Zimbabwean Diamonds

In the year 2013, the Kimberley Process came full circle with the first chair of the process – South Africa – once again taking the leadership position. China served as vice chair, marking the first time it had served in a leadership role in the diamond certification scheme  

Kimberley Process in 2012

While Zimbabwe remained a key subject of contention in the Process, another issue became a central topic of discussion - reform. The subject of reform concerns updating the original mandate of the KP from conflict diamonds to incorporate human rights issues.  

Kimberley Process in 2011

During the year 2011, Zimbabwe and its diamonds remained the key focus of the Kimberley Process rough diamond certification scheme. The Democratic Republic of the Congo hosted the Process this year, with Mathieu Yamba serving as chairman. The United States of America served as Vice-Chair, going on to become Chair in 2012, in accordance with the standard practice of the KP since its inception.  

Kimberley Process in 2010

In 2010, Israel heads the Kimberley Process, and the focus continues to be on Zimbabwe. Jewelers of America called for a cessation of diamond trade from the country. The World Diamond Council (WDC) declared the state of the diamond fields at Marange as intolerable and renewed its call for a boycott on the country’s diamonds. The army continues to control the diamond fields and, according to reports, pays for illegal weapons with rough diamonds.  

Kimberley Process in 2009

In 2009, Namibia headed the Kimberley Process, and the human rights situation in Zimbabwe came to light. Zimbabwe was accused of military action and violence in the diamond fields at Chiadzwa but denied these accusations.  

Kimberley Process in 2008

In 2008, India headed the Kimberley Process. Venezuela drew the most attention this year. Non-governmental organizations called for the country’s removal from the Process, but instead the country implemented a 2-year suspension.


Kimberley Process in 2007

In 2007, the European Community headed the Kimberley Process. During this year, Liberia and the Ivory Coast were the focus. The United Nations lifted a 6-year old ban on diamond exports from Liberia after the country implemented an adequate monitoring mechanism. Liberia participated in the annual Kimberley Process conference for the first time.  
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