Hpakant jade mines and drug addiction, Burma

 

While talking about possible reforms and changes in Burma in the near future when it seems the country will become more open to the world, we should remember that it is a country where human rights have consistently been broken, where different ethnic groups are fighting with government forces and in many cases are being murdered for no reason other than that they don’t agree with government plans.

In addition, slave labour-like conditions exist in the ruby and jade mines in the north of the country and drug addiction is actively being government sponsored in order to keep the miners under control and, inevitably, it is an area which is strictly off bounds to tourists. These are facts that have been reported but which for some reason are not being loudly addressed abroad.

More information on these atrocities can be found below:

http://www.mizzima.com/edop/analysis/2450-a-cursed-treasure–jade-land-hpakant.html

and here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeXrDP3f-zc

and if that’s not enough, then here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/17258390/KachinHeroinEpidemic-in-Hpakant-

 

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