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Tell Congress: No Burmese Blood Rubies
Last week, we wrote to you about the ongoing suffering of the Kachin people. Now
the Kachin need your help to make sure Congress doesn’t lift the ban on importing
Burmese rubies and jade.
Tell your Representative to cosponsor the renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act.
Rubies and jade are mined in northeastern
where the Burmese military continues Burma
to wage war against the Kachin ethnic group. Control of the mines and labor exploitation
fuel the war against the Kachin, to whom the rubies are known as blood rubies – not
because they are the color of blood, but because of the blood spilt in mining them.
The Burmese government uses child labor and forced labor in the ruby and jade mines,
which are highly lucrative moneymakers for the Burmese government and its business
We visited Kachin leaders, human rights organizations, relief workers, and internally
displaced persons earlier this year. They expressed their frustration at how ignored,
betrayed, and abandoned they feel by the international community. They want the United
States to keep some sanctions in place to pressure the Burmese military to stop attacking
them, to stop abusing them, to stop exploiting their natural resources, including
the rubies and jade mined on their land, and to guarantee their rights, and let them
return home in safety.
The gem ban in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act is one of the last pieces of
has to push the Burmese military to meet the Kachin concerns and U.S.
pursue rights-respecting reforms. If Congress does not renew the gem ban, the ban
is automatically gone.
Please take a minute to send an email to your Representative to renew the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act before it expires.
Don’t let the Burmese government profit off the sale of these rubies and jade in
Email your Representative today
and let him or her know that the gem provision is essential for keeping pressure
on the Burmese government if we want to see the end of human rights abuses.
Help us not fail the Kachin when they need us most.
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