|The United Nations Security Council Committee concerning the Central African Republic (CAR) has imposed sanctions against the CAR's diamond trading company and its Belgian branch, along with three individuals who have been deemed by the Council to be linked to the ongoing conflict in the CAR.
The sanctioned diamond trading company is detailed in the Security Council announcement as Bureau d'achat de Diamant en Centrafrique (BADICA), also known as Kardiam, which is reportedly BADICA's Belgium-based representative company.
Operating under Security Council Resolution 2196 (2015), paragraphs 4 and 7, the sanctions specifically declare all the company's assets to be frozen.
The Security Council Committee explains that the Bureau d'achat de Diamant en Centrafrique/Kardiam was listed for "providing support for armed groups or criminal networks through the illicit exploitation or trade of natural resources, including diamonds, gold, as well as wildlife and wildlife products, in the CAR."
"In May 2014," says the announcement, "Belgian authorities seized two diamond parcels sent to BADICA's representation in Antwerp, which is officially registered in Belgium as KARDIAM. Diamond experts assessed that the diamonds seized have a high probability to be of Central African origin, and that they display characteristics typical of Sam-Ouandja and Bria, as well as Nola (Sangha Mbaéré province), in the south west of the country."The Central African Republic was suspended from the Kimberley Process in May 2013, consequently making it illegal for Kimberley Process member countries to trade in rough diamonds from that country.