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It' now lawful to bring Burmese ruby and Java to the USA. Included in this story is a brief story about the prohibition of Burmese precious stones, with the latest information on sanction. The United States authorities prohibited the imports of all precious stones from Burma (Myanmar) in 2003. It was part of a programme of penalties to put downward pressure upon the army Junta, which ignored political democracy that had placed Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi under home detention and was persecuting minorities throughout the state.
Gemstones that were ground and buffed outside Burma - mostly in Thailand - could be legitimately exported as a product from the manufacturing state. The Bush government closed this gap in 2008 with the adoption of new law known as Tom Lanto's Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008.
The new law banned the imports of ruby and Jadeit that were quarried or exported from Burma, regardless of where the materials were used. There has always been controversy over the prohibition of the ruby and jade imports, which was rejected by many gemstone traders. Concerns are that the penalties have done little to restrict the Burmese junta's revenue, as China, its biggest commercial counterpart, was a frequent client at ruby and jadeit state auction.
Penalties were mainly imposed on small minesmen and gemstone merchants who were selling their gemstones to Thai merchants. During 2008, the army regime adopted a new constitutional guaranteeing junta control and then in 2010 conducted so-called dynamic democracy polls. The new civil administration, under the leadership of former General Thein Sein, launched a sustainable reform programme.
Aung San Suu Kyi quickly went from home prison to Burma's parliamentary head of state. United States resumed ambassadorship in Burma. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a trip to Burma in December 2011 and President Barack Obama followed in November 2012.
The normalisation of US relationship and the President's and the Secretary of State's visit were supposed to lift penalties against Burma. Clinton in May 2012 said US businesses could now move into Burma. As Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi visited the US separately in September 2012, the lift of the import embargo on Burma seemed impending.
But it was only after President Obama's historical trip to Burma in November that the news was made. The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 16 November said they would lift penalties for a number of Burmese produce but would not add Ruby and Jadeite to the register. President Obama on August 7th, a decree extending the prohibition of Burmese ruby and jadeite imports for another year.
Although the penalties for all other Myanmar origin commodities have been removed, the persistent prohibition of ruby and jadeit reflect concerns about the persistent engagement of the armed forces in the precious stone industries in frontier areas where conflict has persisted. Washingtons concern continues to be about violations of minority communities and the armed forces' part in Myanmar despite the country's abandonment of a decade of authoritarianism.
President Obama in a May 17th memo said that the United States would extend most of the residual Myanmar penalties, which included the prohibition of imports of Burmese ruby and jadeit. Although a freeze on Burma's exports was largely removed in 2012, when the Burmese economy began its democratic transformation, penalties are still in place against certain companies that supported the former army regimes.
Mr Obama noted that Burma has "made significant progress" since 2011, which includes the holding of free elections and the freeing of detainees, but "concerns about continuing barriers to full civil oversight of the administration, the continuing conflicts and violations of people' s freedoms in the countryside, especially in areas of ethnically diverse minorities, and the arms trafficking with North Korea.
Moreover, Burma's military personnel, hardly supervised by the civil authorities, often act with unpunished punishment. and that the policemen are continuing to detain criticisms of the authorities for their peaceful expression of opinion. Speaking at a press briefing with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Aung San Suu Kyi said that the US is maintaining some penalties to help the South East Asia people.
"We are not scared of sanctions," she was cited. If we go the right way, we believe that all penalties should be removed in good dealings. "In the near futures, it will be possible to reimport Burma Ruby and Jadeite to the United States.
It was announced during a recent US official trip by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's Myanmar chief, whose win in last year's Obama government democracy election was seen as a success in the president's policy of dealing with lands that the United States had long withheld. "Partly because of the advances we have seen in recent months," Obama said, "the United States is now ready to lifted the penalties we have been imposing on Burma for some while.
"It' s the right thing to make sure that the Burmese nation gets a new way to do businesses and a new government," the US Chairman said. In a decree on 7 October, Obama ratified to lift trading sanction against Burma (Myanmar), which includes a prohibition of Burmese ruby and Jad.
The Council said it would end the sanction on 14 September during Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Washington mission. US Customs and Border Protection ceased to enforce the ban on 7 October 2016 and revised its regulations on 30 October 2017.