Three years since the jade trade was revealed to be worth 31 billion dollars, questions still abound about what improvements have been made by Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to share these revenues.
Burma’s billion-dollar jade industry needs a reformed legal framework to release it from the grip of the military elites, drug lords and crony companies, says British transparency watchdog.
A new report alleges that a recent Burmese army offensive in Shan State was linked to coal-mining operations opposed by local people.
Burma’s decision to shake up its multi-billion dollar jade business is a ground-breaking opportunity to stop human rights abuses and increase transparency, say activists.
Brisbane-based Metro Mining is one of the first Western mining companies to invest in Burma since a revised mining law was introduced late last year.
Villagers in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township feel threatened as whole mountains are turned into dangerous, unstable waste heaps.