Jan 30, 2012 0
January 30, 2012 • Jennifer • Leave a Comment
Actress Emmanuelle Chriqui, star of the hit HBO show “Entourage,” joined a popular petition campaign on Change.org calling on Apple to make products with conflict-free minerals sourced from eastern Congo. Her signature joins those of more than 50,000 people around the world.
“I want the electronics that I use to be conflict-free,” said Chriqui, upon announcing her support for the campaign. “Apple is already a leader in the field and could make the first-ever conflict-free electronics with minerals from Congo.”
Chriqui, a longtime champion of the Raise Hope For Congo campaign at the Enough Project, announced her support of the campaign on Tuesday on Twitter, tweeting the following to her 76,000 followers:
Hi..pls RT I just asked #Apple CEO #TimCook to make a conflict-free iPhone. Help me end conflict in Congo http://chn.ge/tmkcfZ#+changexxE.
Chriqui sent the tweet shortly after learning that Delly Mawazo Sesete, a native of Congo who has fought human rights abuses in the mining industry despite violence and death threats, had launched the campaign on Change.org.
“Apple is perfectly positioned to be the first company to create a Congo conflict-free phone,” said Sesete when he launched the campaign on Change.org. “But they must use minerals from Congo that further stability and economic development and don’t use slave labor or fund mass atrocities.”
Within weeks, more than 50,000 people have joined Sesete’s campaign, which received coverage from CBS, New York Daily News, BBC, The Guardian, and other major news outlets. Click here to join the campaign!