Sending Office: Honorable Joaquin Castro
Please join me in supporting H.Res.531 to combat the rampant exploitation of children and child labor in cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The DRC is the world’s leading source of mined cobalt, supplying more than 64 percent of global cobalt production in 2018. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated that 40,000 children are working in mines in the former province of Katanga, DRC,
extracting and processing cobalt ore. Demand for cobalt is growing as this mineral is used in several commercial, industrial, and military applications. Unregulated extraction and trading in cobalt and other minerals may exacerbate conflict by indirectly or
directly supporting armed groups, criminal networks, and perpetrators of serious human rights abuses. This is a violation of international standards.
Amnesty International released a report speaking out about these hazardous working conditions and abuses of human rights.
Key stakeholders, especially industry groups, trade associations, and private companies, have a responsibility to identify, prevent, and end child labor in their cobalt supply chains, and to conduct due diligence with the aim of eliminating child labor and
improving working conditions. Governments, private industry, and civil society should work together to respect human rights, avoid contributing to conflict, and advance sustainable development.
Contact Christian Krueger (Christian.Krueger@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Castro’s office to be included as a co-sponsor.
Member of Congress
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