Global witness myanmar jade pdf merge

Introduction natural resource governance institute. There is two extra years worth of additional data, as well as more detailed information made available by the myanmar gems enterprise mge. The ngo, global witness, has used corporate data to investigate corruption in myanmars jade industry see box and moneylaundering associated with panamanian companies and the trump ocean club. It argues for domestic political leadership, backed by global political support, to address myanmars citizenship crisis. Insight chinese jade miners in overdrive ahead of new. Cocacola admits link to local jade company the myanmar. That estimated value would amount to almost half of the impoverished countrys gdp. Global witness issues report on myanmars big state secret. Many of those killed were people who made their living scavenging. Myanmar jade mining drives rights abuses, disasters, war. Myanmar government announced plans in early 2016 to merge the ministry of. This historic move follows work by global witness, kachin development networking group kdng, the natural resource governance institute nrgi and other kachin state and myanmar civil society actors and parliamentarians to expose widespread abuses at the heart of a vast. Myanmars new government has announced a major shake up to licensing of its multibillion dollar jade and gems business, following work by global witness, kachin development networking group kdng, the natural resource governance institute nrgi and other kachin state and myanmar civil society actors and parliamentarians to expose. The answer you are looking for is yes lets talk about history a bit, which many of these answering self made pundits have missed out.

I do know a bit about jade, ive bought it in hong kong, in malaysia, in taiwan, in the us. Global witness said the jade trade may be the worlds biggest natural resources heist. Myanmars big state secret, which revealed that myanmars jade production in 2014 alone was worth up. Jade jewellery myanmar lonely planet forum thorn tree. Miners search for jade stones at a mine dump at a hpakant jade mine in kachin state, myanmar november 25, 2015.

Jade from burmas rapacious mines was long banned by. Insight chinese jade miners in overdrive ahead of new myanmar government. Campaigners have warned demand for jade, particularly in china with its. Hpakant jade mine landslide 21112015 12 pm authorstream. The most valuable jade in the world is found in the kachin hills of northern myanmar. We can find such kind of soils in myitkyina and some parts of shan plateau. Because mandalay is the first place the green stone is delivered in myanmar beside of the bulk which is shipped and smuggled over the border into china via muse. Myanmar jade a myanmar jade stone becomes a beautiful piece of jewelry or decorative art in the hand of a skillful artist.

Cocacola admits link to local jade company the myanmar times. This figure equates to up to 48 per cent of myanmar s official gdp the jade business is also a significant driver of myanmar s most intractable armed conflict, which pits the central government against the kachin independence army. Smalltime prospectors above search for jade in the rubble dumped by mining companies in hpakant township. As myanmar gears up for landmark national peace talks this new global witness film reveals how the countrys massive jade business is helping to drive deadly armed conflict. That is equivalent to nearly half the gdp for the whole of myanmar, but hardly any of the money is.

Never before seen footage and interviews reveal the fear and destruction wrought by the powerful elites who came to control the multibillion dollar mines during the days of military dictatorship. Myanmar s big state secret which examined the workings and control structures of the countrys secretive jade business. May 15, 2017 as myanmar gears up for landmark national peace talks this new global witness film reveals how the countrys massive jade business is helping to drive deadly armed conflict. Myanmar s big state secret the biggest natural resources heist in modern history. Known for our bible educational work and for distributing the magazines, the watchtower and awake. Using heavy earthexcavators and explosives, miners have been tearing into myanmars nor. Global witnesss short film jade and the generals, filmed by minzayar oo, is released today. Global witness myanmar extractives team leader paul donowitz told mining technology. Myanmars big state secret this report would not have been possible without the many organisations and individuals who have contributed their time, knowledge and expertise. Jan, 2016 a key witness in a longrunning dispute between two mining companies over a large lump of jade has gone missing, parliament has been told. Myanmars people face an even bleaker future as the global jade industry expands.

Myanmar jade mine landslide kills at least 19 in hpakant region. Global witnesss mike davis speaks about what needs to be done and. Although the mining industry has acquired outsized importance in myanmar, its official economic contribution remains underwhelming. That is equivalent to nearly half the gdp for the whole of myanmar, but hardly any of the money is reaching ordinary. Dec 16, 2015 insight chinese jade miners in overdrive ahead of new myanmar government. Myanmars big state secret, which revealed that myanmars jade production in 2014 alone was.

Jade a global witness investigation into myanmars big state secret 1. Myitkyina, burma the jade tycoon of burma lives behind stone walls and a sophisticated security system. Jade and the generals trailer global witness youtube. Not only burma was a historical part of ancient and medieval india it was also a very major trading partner of. Some places you really only see the polished stones. Hpakant jade mines, or the population of myanmar as a whole. In the rainy season, land sliding can happen in such areas. Jade weak basis for chinamyanmar trade global times. Oct 24, 2015 jade a global witness investigation into myanmars big state secret 1. Kyaw myo aung, 17, rests in his tent at a jade mine.

Myanmars freed political prisoners and bankrupt dissidents struggle to adapt in a new world after myanmars reviled military ceded direct control to a. Country report on the status of national soil resources in. Presentations ppt, key, pdf logging in or signing up. In february 2014, global witness sent information requests to companies that were awarded onshore oil and gas blocks in myanmar in october 20 asking for the names of the individuals who are at the top of their ownership chains, and details of any owners with highlevel political. Global witness said that an openly and equitably managed jade mining industry could greatly benefit the ethnic kachin people and help drive development across myanmar, but. Kubba and tsa ji will discuss global witnesss recent report, jade. Meanwhile, very few revenues reach the people of kachin state, the site of the. Mineral and gemstone licensing in myanmar natural resource. Probably the most genuine myanmar jade market to buy the rough jadeite jade for this is in mandalay.

Story continues chinas foreign ministry spokeswoman hua chunying said she was unaware of any allegations of chinese companies involvement in jade smuggling, but added the country was opposed to such illegal activities. The chinese love carved jade, and ive found lovely jade there. Jan 09, 2014 the bubble in the jade market has now reportedly occurred due to fears over a shortage of myanmar jade or the possible introduction of measures by myanmars reformist government that would limit jade exports and force jadeprocessing to take place in country. Myanmar must end attacks on media after release of reuters journalists. The jade business is worth far more than previously thought. I was asking about whether carved jade is what one is likely to see in burma, or simply polished stones.

Global witness welcomes groundbreaking unauthorized report calling for international sanctions against myanmar military businesses. China has a huge market and advanced processing technology while the us and europe cannot directly buy myanmar jade under existing sanctions. Parliament asks government to explain jade mining conditions. Colonialism by territorial expansion has been made obsolete. Myanmar government announces groundbreaking reforms of. A visitor must be buzzed through a gate into the garden, pass a hunk of jade as big as a compact refrigerator, enter through a sliding screen and glide by the preserved tusks of the family elephant before sitting. Myanmar government halts operations at kachin state jade mines. Myanmars many tariffs include a 20 per cent valuebased tax on jade at mine sites and 10 per cent on sales at government jade sales, but global witness estimates the. Its the men who haggle at the markets, but myanmars jade industry is run predominantly by women, and they are optimistic about its future despite the moratorium on jade mining every morning at 9am, the intersection of 86th and 40th streets in mandalay is awakened by the clanging of jade bangles. The csis chair for southeast asia studies is pleased to host a roundtable discussion with juman kubba, campaigner for myanmar with global witness, and tsa ji, general secretary of the kachin development network group. We replicate the method used by global witness to estimate the total value of jade produced in 2014, proceeding step by step in order to understand what the data tells us and what is unclear.

Connectivity developments in political transitions andrea calderaro. In october 2015 global witness published a report called jade. Yezin, myanmar soil science section 4 climate of myanmar rainy season from mid may to the end of october, with annual rain fall of less than 40 inches in central myanmar while the coastal regions of rakhine and tanintharyi get about 200 inches. Myanmar government commits to jade reform global witness. Myanmar elites profit from corrupt jade industry, study. Winter from november and lasts to the end of february with temperature in hilly areas of over. Until now the jade sectors worth has been almost impossible to determine.

Jade dealers in hong kong said their businesses are suffering from soaring prices for myanmar raw jade and jade jewelry due to concerns over a drying up of supplies from the jademining town of hpakant in kachin state, the irrawaddy reported dealers say that a few years ago they were able to buy a piece of myanmar jade at trade fairs in jieyang city, in the southern. Myanmars big state secret the biggest natural resources heist in modern history. Global witness issues report on myanmars big state. Myanmars many tariffs include a 20 per cent valuebased tax on jade at mine sites and 10 per cent on sales at government jade sales, but global witness estimates the state received less than us. Jade trade in myanmar thrives on exploitation, rights abuses.

Global witness s short film jade and the generals, filmed by minzayar oo, is released today. The area was hit by a massive landslide on november 21, 2015, leaving more than 100 people missing. Uncovering myanmars jade trade center for strategic and. Myanmar s new government has announced a major shake up to licensing of its multibillion dollar jade and gems business. Myanmar s big state secret 5 the sums involved in what one industry representative calls the governments big state secret are staggering. In february 2014, global witness sent information requests to companies that were awarded onshore oil and gas blocks in myanmar in october 20 asking for the names of the individuals who are at the top of their ownership chains, and details of any owners with highlevel political connections. Myanmar is so closely identified with natural resources such as jade, rubies and teak that its name is a brand in itself. Myanmar government announces groundbreaking reforms of jade.

In myanmar maneuvers, a detailed report published by united nations university, vanda felbabbrown assesses complex interactions among illegal economies, conflict, peace, and political. However, based on new research and analysis, global witness estimates that the value of. Cocacola admits link to local jade company in 2015 global witness brought to our attention information regarding a director of cocacola pinya beverages myanmar ccpbm, daw shwe cynn, who is also a shareholder of pinya manufacturing, said the firms responsible investment in myanmar 2015 update, published yesterday. As myanmar gears up for national peace talks, our new film reveals how the jade riches of kachin state are helping to incentivise and fuel deadly armed conflict. A key witness in a longrunning dispute between two mining companies over a large lump of jade has gone missing, parliament has been told. Trevor wilson, leslie teo and masahiro hori introduction 1 this study demonstrates that while improved communications, increased regional trade links and migration have strengthened myanmars integration into the global economy, the benefits of globalization are not pervasive and have not brought significant improvements in general social economic. But so far its people have not benefited from the brand. Oct 22, 2015 global witness has released a report into the jade business in myanmar that, for the first time, reveals the scale of the industry and details how it is controlled by the military elites. Myanmar s big state secret the sums involved in what one industry representative calls the governments big state secret are staggering. Territorial aggression by any nation except usa would have serious negative reactions from around the w. News myanmar elites profit from corrupt jade industry, study claims. At present myanmars jade mining industry is dangerous and rife with.

Jade a global witness investigation into myanmars big. Additionally, myanmar will face challenges in creating and. An anticorruption group has found ties between wealthy families and the countrys lucrative jade trade. Jul 28, 2016 myanmars new government has announced a major shake up to licensing of its multibillion dollar jade and gems business, following work by global witness, kachin development networking group kdng, the natural resource governance institute nrgi and other kachin state and myanmar civil society actors and parliamentarians to expose widespread abuses at the heart of a vast, deeply corrupt trade. Aug 17, 2016 the answer you are looking for is yes lets talk about history a bit, which many of these answering self made pundits have missed out. Nov 01, 2016 its the men who haggle at the markets, but myanmars jade industry is run predominantly by women, and they are optimistic about its future despite the moratorium on jade mining every morning at 9am, the intersection of 86th and 40th streets in mandalay is awakened by the clanging of jade bangles. This is a list of active mining licenses issued to companies mining jade and gemstones as of fiscal year 202014. Human rights council the economic interests of the myanmar. Global witness has released a report into the jade business in myanmar that, for the first time, reveals the scale of the industry and details how it. China has a huge market and advanced processing technology while the us and europe cannot. Handpickers and traders smoke opium, shoot heroin and take yaba or methamphetamines at a home in hpakant. Jade a global witness investigation into myanmars big state. New jade mine disaster claims at least in myanmar. The impact of globalization on economic development in myanmar.

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