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11 March 2008

Who's Buying Burma's Gems

Author: Danna Harman, Christian Science Monitor

Over the past five days, jade, rubies, sapphires, and close to $150 million have passed hands here, according to the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd., the consortium that dominates Burma's gemstone trade and is owned by the defense ministry and...

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1 January 2008

Burma’s Gem Trade and Human Rights Abuses

Author: Human Rights Watch

Burma produces the vast majority of high-quality rubies on the world market... It is also the top global producer of jade... Burma’s gem mines are ruled with an iron hand by military authorities and mining companies. Deplorable conditions at the mines...

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24 December 2007

Toiling for scraps in Myanmar's mines

Author: Paul Watson, Los Angeles Times

Children barely big enough to swirl the heavy slurry toil alongside men and women, doing backbreaking work that exposes them to toxic mercury. Every few minutes, they pause and tilt their dripping pans to catch the sunlight, hoping for the glint from...

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7 December 2007

CRJP Asks WWF-UK to Withdraw 'Deeper Luxury' Report

Author: Jeff Miller, Rapaport News

The Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices (CRJP) took issue with a recent report published by WWF-UK titled 'Deeper Luxury'. CRJP's CEO Michael Rae distributed a letter to the group and other NGOs, CRJP members, and the media stating the WWF-UK...

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12 November 2007

Burma: Gem Trade Bolsters Military Regime, Fuels Atrocities

Author: Human Rights Watch

China, Thailand, the United States, and other countries should completely block the purchase of gems from Burma that help finance military abuses there... The state-run Myanmar Gems Enterprise said it generated sales of nearly US$300 million in fiscal...

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26 October 2007

Burma junta’s exports lose sparkle

Author: Amy Kazmin, Financial Times

Burma’s...rubies, jade and other gemstones...have...been a key source of foreign exchange for a cash-starved junta... [E]xecutives at Cartier [part of Richemont]..., [recently told] their cut-stone suppliers that they would not buy any more gems mined...

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5 October 2007

[PDF] Statement of policy regarding gemstones mined in Burma (Myanmar)

Author: Cartier

Given the current crisis, and in accordance with our commitment to continuous improvement, Cartier has stopped buying gemstones which may have been mined in Burma (wherever those stones have been cut and exported from) until further notice...Cartier...

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29 May 2007

UK retailers fail to curb conflict gems

Author: Nicol Degli Innocenti, Financial Times

Diamond retailers in the UK are failing to play their part in the battle against conflict diamonds and risk undermining the United Nations-backed initiative [Kimberly Process] to clean up the industry, according to a report to be released today...by...

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29 May 2007

full report: "Conflict diamonds: UK jewellery retailers still not doing enough"

Author: Global Witness & Amnesty International

[links to full survey and summary] This survey conducted by Global Witness and Amnesty International UK between December 2006 and February 2007, shows that most top-selling UK jewellers still lack adequate policies to effectively combat the trade in...

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9 February 2007

No Dirty Gold campaign sends 11-retailer Valentine to U.S. gold miners

Author: Dorothy Kosich, Mineweb

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the No Dirty Gold campaign has resurrected with 11 more U.S. jewelry retailers...announcing their support for more socially and environmentally responsible mining... Meanwhile, the...campaign stepped up its pressure...

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