COVID halts Kachin jade mining

The government has suspended large-scale jade mining operations in Kachin state, fearing the spread of COVID-19 among workers, especially informal scavengers. Jade mining in the state has already been on hold since a deadly landslide in July in Hpaka

Mining firms forced to disclose contracts

Starting next year, all companies in the extractives sector, both private and state-owned, will be forced to publicly disclose their contracts. Affected industries range from timber logging, to oil and gas, to jade and gemstones. The new rule is mean

New report slams mining transparency

In the wake of one of Myanmar’s worst mining disasters, human rights group Global Witness published a report bashing government efforts to make the mining industry more transparent. The report, titled “Out of the Shadows: Who really contr

Myanmar’s jade conundrum

This week, the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) relieved two senior officers of their posts in Kachin State following one of the worst mining disasters in Myanmar’s history. According to Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun, the officers were disciplined for f

Landslide kills more than 100 jade miners

According to an article in the Associated Press, a landslide buried more than 100 jade minders in the Township of Hpakant, Kachin State, the center of an industry notorious for the death and suffering of its workers. On the morning of July 2nd, heavy
Illicit trade valued at over USD 6.4 billion per year

Illicit trade valued at over USD 6.4 billion per year

Myanmar’s illicit trade stands at USD 6.4 billion. During the first-ever Illicit Trade Forum held on February 3rd and 4th in Geneva, U Than Myint, the country’s minister of commerce, said that this figure is still “just the tip of the i