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No Business with Genocide to Commemorate World Genocide Day on Dec 9 by Protesting Harry Winston
Will present the jeweler with petitions to stop doing business with the genocidal junta – protests to be held in cities around the world, including New York City and New Delhi, India. This comes one day before the junta holds a gem fair in Myanmar.
Myanmar produces more than 90% of the world's rubies and jade, and these stones command the highest prices on the international market. The military dominates the gemstone industry in Myanmar. Its extensive commercial interests in gemstone extraction and trade mean that the military profits when high-end jewelry retailers – like Harry Winston (owned by Swatch) – buy Burmese gems for their collections.
"The military is running low on cash due to international sanctions and is planning a gem fair around the same time. We cannot allow companies like Harry Winston/Swatch to support the junta, which has killed thousands of peaceful protesters since the coup in February," said Simon Billenness, Director of No Business with Genocide and the Campaign for a New Myanmar. "Their next gem fair is slated for December 10, which is World Human Rights Day."
Where: US Mission to the UN, 799 United Nations Plaza
What: March to Harry Winston at 718 5th Avenue
When: December 9, 2021 at 10:00 am
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The No Business With Genocide campaign is built around the simple proposition that corporations should refrain or withdraw from doing business with regimes that engage in genocide and/or crimes against humanity. This campaign is part of the movement to end genocide and crimes against humanity by building a grassroots global constituency willing and able to put effective and timely political and economic pressure on governments that engage in or consider committing genocide and/or mass atrocities.
Alyson Chadwick, No Business with Genocide
Page Updated Last on: Dec 01, 2021