Our Forests team is currently in Bangkok for the launch of a major new forests crime report at a press conference next Wednesday.
STATE OF CORRUPTION: THE TOP-LEVEL CONSPIRACY BEHIND THE GLOBAL TRADE IN MYANMAR’S STOLEN TEAK
The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) will release a major new forests crime report at a press conference in Thailand on 20 February 2019.
State of Corruption: The top-level conspiracy behind the global trade in Myanmar’s stolen teak details the systemic corruption, illegal logging and timber smuggling involved in the trade of Myanmar teak.
State of Corruption documents the findings of EIA’s two-year undercover investigation into a near-mythic Burmese teak kingpin who conspired with and bribed the most senior military and Government officials in Myanmar to establish a secret off-the-books system of fraudulent trade in the country’s highest quality teak logs.
It also documents how this illegal wood enters international markets and calls for heightened enforcement of existing laws in Myanmar, the EU and the US.
DATE: Wednesday, 20 February 2019
TIME: 10:00 (BKK time)
VENUE: Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, Penthouse, Maneeya Centre, 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
CONTACTS FOR MEDIA
- Paul Newman, EIA Press & Communications Officer, via press[at]eia-international.org or +44 (0) 20 7354 7960
- Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, via info[at]fccthai.com or +66 (0) 2 652 0580
- The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) investigates and campaigns against environmental crime and abuses. Our undercover investigations expose transnational wildlife crime, with a focus on elephants, pangolins and tigers, and forest crimes such as illegal logging and deforestation for cash crops such as palm oil; we work to safeguard global marine ecosystems by tackling plastic pollution, exposing illegal fishing and seeking an end to all whaling; and we address the threat of global warming by campaigning to curtail powerful refrigerant greenhouse gases and exposing related criminal trade.