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Broadening 'blood diamond'

A Swiss church group, Bread for All, asked its government not to buy Zimbabwean diamonds.

The group is urging Swiss officials to broaden the definition of "blood diamonds" to include "stones originating from areas where human rights violations are committed by government forces."

According to Bread for All, Zimbabwean military are forcing children and adults into labor, engaging in torture and beatings, with the diamond trade controlled by the army.

"This situation is all the more alarming in that Zimbabwe suffers from widespread hunger," the group said.


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