Please join our letter writing campaign. We aim to get thousands of letters to William Hague by the time the G8 leaders meet in the UK on June 17th.
We are writing because the UK has the Presidency of the G8 and the publicity surrounding William Hague's visit to Dr Congo with Angelina Jolie in the lead up to the G8 Foreign Minister's Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, adopted in London on 11th April 2013. Sexual violence on the scale we see in the DR Congo is a direct result of the armed conflict. Sexual violence is used as a weapon of war particularly against Congolese women and also inflicted on children and men. Only tackling the root causes of the armed conflict will be effective to reduce sexual violence.
The consecutive armed conflicts that are fought in the DR Congo are proxy wars for illegal access and control of coltan, cassiterite, beryllium, niobium, andesine, europium ruthenium, oil, diamonds, gold, zinc, cobalt, copper, silver, cadmium, uranium, and other rare and new metals found in exceptional concentration in the DR Congo's soil. Mobiles, smart phones, computers, MP3 players and many manufactured items sold in the UK made with resources mined in DR Congo. Report after report provides the evidence of the role of foreign governments and multinational companies in the armed conflict and the link between armed conflict for control of mineral resources and sexual violence.
It's a challenge to get thousands of letters to William Hague by June 17th but we can take the time to attend to the biggest war in history that has killed over 5 million Congolese, created terrible poverty, led to millions of refugees and left over a million rape survivors. Please print the letter sign & send, photocopy it, post on facebook, tweet, speak at meetings and to family and friends.
Bradford Congo Campaign
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