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Cartier to drop Myanmar’s ‘genocide gems’

Luxury jeweller Cartier announced that it will no longer be buying gemstones from Myanmar, following a campaign to boycott the purchase of “genocide gems” over the Burmese government’s military campaign against Rohingya Muslims, reports The Times.

The decision, announced last week, comes after a campaign to boycott Myanmar’s gem industry. Jewels from the country have been part of collections in luxury jewellery houses worldwide, costing several thousand pounds. Previous sanctions by the European Union and the USA targeted the jewel industry but have since been lifted.

Following campaigners demands though, Cartier announced its decision last week, joining luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co in not buying gemstones from Myanmar,

“Cartier’s decision to stop buying Burmese gems demonstrates how ordinary people can directly sanction Burma’s army,” said Simon Billenness, executive director of the International Campaign for the Rohingya (ICR). “There’s no market for genocide gems.”

See more from The Times here.