Kachin State Authorities Continue Illegal Timber Seizures, Myanmar Official Says

Kachin state government authorities in northern Myanmar seized more than 20,000 metric tons (22,046 U.S. tons) of illegal timber near the country’s border with China over the last five years, a high-ranking forestry official said Thursday. Aung Naing, Kachin state minister of forestry and mines, told RFA’s Myanmar Service that authorities confiscated nearly 10,600 metric […]

Chinese smugglers get life sentences

A total of 153 of 155 Chinese citizens who were involved in illegal timber extraction have been sentenced to life in prison by Myitkyina district court in Kachin State. Two children got 10-year sentences and a woman was sentenced to 15 years for drug smuggling. They were interrogated at the district court after being divided […]