The Zimbabwean government must respond by next week to a report by a Kimberley Process Certification Scheme team alleging human rights abuses in the Marange diamond fields.

Issued two months after the Kimberly Process team visited Marange district in Manicaland province, the report alleges human rights abuses against residents of the area.

The Kimberly team interviewed ordinary people, human rights lawyers, government officials, traditional chiefs and others during their visit to Zimbabwe earlier this year.

Press reports quoted Mines Minister Obert Mpofu as confirming receipt of the report and promising to act on its recommendations, which include demilitarizing the area.

Once Harare has responded, a Kimberly Process committee will meet to decide whether or not to institute an international ban on the sale of diamonds from the country.

World Diamond Council Chairman Eli Izakoff told VOA reporter Patience Rusere that it is important for Zimbabwe's diamond trade that it follow the recommendations.

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