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Zimbabwe Denies Human Rights Abuses at Marange Diamond Fields

Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Zimbabwean Mines Minister Obert Mpofu said there had been no human rights abuses in the country’s Marange diamond fields.

“You won’t find any graves here, there are no human rights violations,” Mpofu told reporters today at the site.

The minister said he hadn’t yet decided whether to allow civil society observers to visit the gem-rich area in eastern Zimbabwe, denying an earlier report on the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp. that cited him as saying they would be barred.

“I received their application last night and I’ll look at it, but they boycotted a Kimberley Process meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Mpofu said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Brian Latham in Johannesburg at blatham@bloomberg.net; Godfrey Marawanyika in Harare at gmarawanyika@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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