The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says its researchers have found evidence of forced labour, torture, beatings and harassment by troops in the Marange diamond field in eastern Zimbabwe.
In a press statement, the organisation has called for the country to be suspended from the Kimberley Process - the global body responsible for ending the trade of so-called ‘blood diamonds’ that fund fighting across Africa.
In the same vein, Zimbabwe’s mines and mining development minister, Obert Mpofu, accused human rights groups of ‘peddling falsehoods’ and ‘demonising’ the country.
"They are working against the people of Zimbabwe. We are a principled country," claims Mpofu.
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