corruption, logging, timber industry
This report, which includes extensive research and fieldwork within Burma, Thailand and China, examines the roots of the civil war and the links between conflict and the exploitation of natural resources in Burma. It describes the history of logging in Burma, the reality of current logging by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), logging by insurgent groups, rampant logging in ceasefire Areas, and the cross-border trade in particular with China. The need for foreign currency has resulted in cutting, by the state-controlled Myanmar Timber Enterprise, exceeding levels set by the Forestry Department.
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Global Witness works to highlight the link between the exploitation of natural resources and human rights abuses, particularly where the resources such as timber, diamonds and oil are used to fund and perpetuate conflict and corruption.