Bush Signs Burmese Gemstone Import Ban into LawJuly 31, 08
President Bush on Tuesday signed into law a bill to ban the import of gems, including jade and rubies, originating in
The bill also bars the regime’s generals and their families from acquiring visas to enter the
The Jewelers Vigilance Committee explained the bill requires that within 60 days, jadeite or rubies originating in
Tom Lantos, after whom the bill was named, was a long-serving Congressman, the only Holocaust survivor to be elected to Congress and a fierce champion of human rights. When he died in February, he was the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and had a personal interest in the fate of the Burmese people.