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Burma Links Newsletter - Special Conference Edition, October 2002.
NEW FEATURE: Burma Action Plus!
Looted Land, Proud people- information dossier

 This report was written by Dave Todd, garment project adviser to Canadian friends of Burma, together with CFOB members Penny Sanger and Christine Harmston. The study was made possible by the generous support of the Communications Energy and Paper Workers Union of Canada, Rights and Democracy and the United Steelworkers Humanity Fund. It is based on extensive research in Canada, the United States, Burma and Thailand by the authors, together with colleagues and associates in the Worldwide Free Burma movement.

 This report is intended as an initial study into the development of tourism in Burma, and its possible consequences for the people of Burma. It documents human rights abuses committed by the military government against its citizens, in its drive to prepare the country for tourists. It also aims to introduce to the reader the ethical issues surrounding the development of the tourism industry and some of the dangers that need to be avoided. It is intended for those involved in the tourist industry both within and outside the country, for human rights and activist groups, and for all those interested in Burma and her future development. It is by no means an exhaustive account, and we hope it will act as a catalyst to debate on this topic, so that more detailed research can be done in the future.

 Most Canadians are probably unaware of the actions they take which result in supporting Burma's brutal military regime. This booklet will show, Canada is substantially intertwined with Burma. The effect of toaday's globalized economy means we are all interconnected more than ever before through trade and investment. In Canada's case, hard currency reaches Burma's juanta mainly through Canadian textiles-imports and joint ventures between Canadian mining companies and the regime. Burma's military regime effects Canadian primarily through heroin trafficking.


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