Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East
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Rights advocates call on US jewelers to cease business with Leviev over ethical violations
Leviev’s activities said to violate jewelry industry human rights standards
New York, NY – At major jewelry industry events this Saturday and Sunday in New York, human rights advocates called on US jewelers to cease doing business with Lev Leviev’s companies because they violate jewelry trade association human rights principles. The New York rights group Adalah-NY passed out hundreds of flyers detailing their case at Jewelers of America events this weekend, and engaged in discussions with industry members. Adalah-NY will continue this grassroots educational effort in the coming days at Jewelers of America New York Summer Show at the Javits Center.
The flyer features a photo of Leviev earrings with the caption, “More teardrops courtesy of Leviev.” Riham Barghouti from Adalah-NY explained, “Lev Leviev’s unethical business practices taint the entire jewelry industry. In keeping with their own codes of conduct, industry members should cease doing business with Leviev’s companies until they end their abuses in Angola, Namibia and Palestine. Some attendees at the Jewelers Association awards dinner and the summer show have been receptive to our call.”