Last week, President Obama met with State Counsellor and de facto leader of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi. After the meeting, Mr. Obama announced a lifting of U.S. sanctions and restoration of trade between the two countries.
One such rollback would end the ban on Burmese precious gems. Human rights proponents criticize the move, citing Burma’s continuing human rights violations.
Brian Leber owns Leber jewelers, specializing in conflict-free precious metals and stones. He has worked on Burma human rights issues for years. He offers his critique of the decision.