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Tiffany decides not to sell gems mined in Burma - activists call for US boycott of companies selling them

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8 March 2005

Tiffany Says No to Burma's "Blood Gems" - Activists Hail "Principled Position" of World's Most Famous Jeweler, Call for Americans to Boycott Companies Selling Burmese Gems

Author: US Campaign for Burma

"Tiffany's deserves our praise and patronage for...[refusing to sell gems mined in Burma]," said Aung Din, co-founder of USCB who spent over 4 years behind bars as a political prisoner. "Mining in Burma supports the ruling dictators while bleeding the Burmese people, which is why no one should buy these 'blood gems.'"...Since 2000, over 40 companies have ended ties to the country, including Kenneth Cole, Jones New York [part of Jones Apparel], Tommy Hilfiger, and Federated Department Stores.

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4 March 2005

[PDF] Tiffany & Co. to Continue Moratorium on Purchase of Gemstones Mined in Burma

Author: Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. will continue its long-standing purchase moratorium on rubies, spinel and jadeite mined in Burma, Michael Kowalski, the company’s chairman and CEO, announced today...Kowalski said, “...mining of these gems supports the existing Burmese regime. We support democratic reforms and an end to human rights abuses in that country..."

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Company response
3 February 2005

Response by Tiffany: Tiffany resumes buying gems mined in Burma, Professional Jeweller magazine reports. Click here [following our Update it re-imposed the moratorium on gemstones from Burma

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