Use Conflict-Free Minerals in Canadian Electronics

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  • recipient: Canadian Parliament
Blood diamonds are the best known conflict mineral. But diamonds aren't the only mineral that have financed decades of war and brutality, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- a country sometimes referred to as the "rape capital of the world."

Coltan -- a rare mineral essential in the production of electronics like cell phones and digital cameras -- has become one of the world's most sought-after minerals. The vast majority of the world's reserves are in East Congo. But these rich resources lead to constant violence as warring militias fight over the resources, kill their competitors and rape women and girls.

We need to hold electronics companies accountable and ensure that they stop fueling Congo's misery. A bill is in Canadian Parliament that would shine light on the coltan trade to make sure companies aren't purchasing conflict minerals.

Tell Canadian Parliament to pass the Trade in Conflict Minerals Act.
Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing today to encourage you to vote YES on C-571, the Trade in Conflict Minerals Act. This important piece of legislation could save millions of lives in countries embroiled in blood mineral-fueled wars, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The mining of coltan, a rare mineral essential to the production of electronics like cell phones, digital cameras and computers, has financed years of violence and brutality in Congo, a country sometimes referred to as the "rape capital of the world."

The United States and other countries have taken aggressive steps to shine a light on electronics companies and source where coltan and other conflict minerals. It's time for Canada to pass similar legislation.

Please, help Canada do its part to end misery in the Congo and fight the conflict minerals trade. Vote YES on the Trade in Conflict Minerals Act.
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