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Petition Info

  • Type: Members
  • Item: Vincent Van
  • Goal: 10 signatures
  • Deadline: December 31, 2026 5:00 AM PST
  • Category: Criminal Justice
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    Join me in asking Apple to create a conflict-free product that includes conflict-free minerals from eastern Congo that help Congolese communities by the 2013 holiday season. They can pave the way for all companies and consumers to make conflict-free...  more

Petition Statistics

  • Created By: Vincent Van
  • Posted: December 17, 2011
  • Updated: May 28, 2016
  • 8 signatures
  • 0 comments
  • 0 likes
  • 2,157 views

Background

I am originally from the North Kivu province in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where conflict has been raging for over fifteen years. While that conflict began as a war over larger issues like politics and ethnicity, it has increasingly turned to war of profit, with various armed groups destroying communities by fighting one another over control of key mining areas. The minerals being fought over are part of your daily life. They power your phone, your computer, your music player.

I want an iPhone for the holidays this year - and I do like the iPhone4S - but having monitored mining sites in eastern Congo for several years documenting human rights abuses, I have seen firsthand the rape, violence, and devastation being fueled by the trade in minerals found in electronics products.

I cannot in good conscience purchase a new phone because the gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum that power it are destroying my home.

I love Apple products, but I can't buy them in good conscience, when I know there are major issues to be cleaned up in the supply chain in both Africa and China. Apple can be a world leader in helping to curb unethical and environmentally damaging practices. This has to be the direction of all business in the 21st century or we'll all be in deep trouble.

I commend Delly Mawazo Sesete for exposing to iPhone users the inhumane consequences flowing from purchase of their commnications device. Shame on Apple. What would Steve Jobs do?

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