From: Pat Aron

February 11, 2016

I respectfully request that the Securities and Exchange Commission not weaken Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank financial services act. This Congo Conflict Minerals provision is essential to ensuring that the Democratic Republic of Congo has an opportunity to continue its progress toward peace and democracy. If Section 1502 is weakened, the pursuit of extremely lucrative conflict minerals will re-empower militias to destroy communities and carry out campaigns of rape and murder. Section 1502 has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of mines controlled by militias and in the emergence of a thriving conflict-free minerals trade that strengthens both governance and civil society.

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