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Jewelers, Take Responsibility!

Expand A boy and a girl work in a small gold mine in Amansie West district, Ghana. © 2016 Juliane Kippenberg for Human Rights Watch   This week is the start of Baselworld, one of the world’s largest jewelry and watch fairs. Visitors will learn a lot about new watch and jewelry design. But how much will they hear about the human rights conditions under which gold and other minerals for jewelry and watches have been mined?   Gold mining has led repeatedly to serious human rights violations. My colleagues and I have documented such abuses in gold mines in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Ghana,…

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