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Timber auctions temporarily suspended as illegal trading rises

Auctions for timber rejected by the Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE), which are conducted by the Forest Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, have been suspended since December 29, ministry officials confirmed. The auctions, which are typically held across the regions and states, have been temporarily suspended in an attempt to control […]

Inside myanmar’s incendiary and illegal charcoal trade

A year-long investigation into the multi-million-dollar charcoal market and how it moves from the villages of Myanmar into Chinese smelters. A trader turns off his truck’s engine at yet another checkpoint and, again, the soldiers ask him for cash. His truck is filled with charcoal from Myanmar, destined for factories in China’s mountainous southwest province […]

Burning down the house: Myanmar’s destructive charcoal trade

A nearly year-long investigation by Mongabay led to a multi-part reporting project into the illegal production and trade of charcoal in Myanmar. One route for charcoal sales from Myanmar to China documented by Mongabay could generate as much as $10 million a year in payoffs alone to Burmese government officials. The cheap energy source is […]

Mogok precious stone brokers faced with scarcity of raw stones and high price

Gem stone brokers from Mogok are being faced with a scarcity of raw gemstones and high prices because the permitted companies engaged in precious stone mining in Mogok do not auction off the stones in external markets, said the stone brokers. The companies are taking all of the gem stones dug by machinery and these […]

Workers Left in Lurch By Overseas Employment Agency Seek Compensation

Eighteen Myanmar migrant workers are seeking additional compensation from the Perfect Company employment agency over what they say is its failure to accept responsibility for the joblessness to which they were subjected upon arriving in Thailand. That denial is in violation of an intergovernmental memorandum of understanding (MoU), the workers and the Confederation of Trade […]

MOEAF members sign code of conduct

As controversy continues to swirl around allegations that the Myanmar government was condoning the “legal trafficking” of migrant workers to overseas jobs, it has emerged that more than 100 employment agencies have signed up to a new code of conduct. Earlier this month, Thai and Myanmar labour officials vowed to take actionagainst activist organisations that had accused them […]