Saturday, June 02, 2012

Burma Army orders removal of jade mining equipment from Hpakant area

Last month senior Burma army commanders in Kachin state ordered 
that all jade mining equipment and machinery used in the Hpakant 
(also Hpakan) area be shipped back before the end of the month.

Forced Labor Deemed Rife Despite ILO Report

Human rights groups insist that forced labor continues to be 
widely and systematically practiced in Burma in contrast to an 
upbeat International Labour Organisation (ILO) report deemed 
key to removing further trade restrictions.


Rohingya forced labour widespread in north Arakan: report

Forced labour continues to be widely and systematically 
practiced in northern Arakan State in Burma and little has 
changed for the Rohingya population, said a report by the 
Arakan Project titled “Forced Labour Still Prevails: Overview 
of forced labour practices in North Arakan” released on Friday.

Rule of law needed now more than investments


Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday said Burma 

needs “rule of law” more than safeguards for investors at this 

time in the country’s transition to democracy.


Govt Closes Jade Mines to Squeeze KIO

The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) has claimed 
that the Burmese government is attempting to block its main 
means of income by ordering jade mining companies 
in Hpakant Township to halt production.

Australia, PTT eye Myanmar ties

Australia is targeting partnerships with foreign companies 
including Thailand's PTT Plc for joint exploration of energy 
opportunities in Myanmar.