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Jade: Myanmar's "Big State Secret"

Drawing on over a year of investigations, this report shows for the first time how a multi-billion dollar trade in one of the planet’s most precious gemstones is tightly controlled by the same military elites, US-sanctioned drug lords and crony companies that the government says it is consigning to the past. Companies owned by the family of former dictator Than Shwe and other notorious figures are creaming off vast profits from the country’s most valuable natural resource, and the world’s finest supply of a stone synonymous with glitz and glamour. Meanwhile, very few revenues reach the people of Kachin State, the site of the Hpakant jade mines, or the population of Myanmar as a whole.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Anti-corruption
  • Extractive industries
  • Extractive industries licensing and payments
  • Extractive industries policy and administration
  • Extractive industries revenue
  • Gemstone mining
  • Gemstones
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Myanmar
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Version / Edition 1.0
License Creative Commons Attribution

Global Witness Limited Lloyds Chambers 1 Portsoken Street London E1 8BT United Kingdom

Author (corporate) Global Witness
ISBN number 978-0-9931067-6-7
Publication date 2015
Date uploaded October 20, 2016, 07:25 (UTC)
Date modified January 5, 2020, 14:34 (UTC)