The Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008
is a United States act of Congress
, that bars gemstones
-- specifically rubies
-- from Burma
from entering the United States via third party countries.
As of 2008
, gemstones are Burma's third largest source of income.
The bill also bars generals and their families from Burma from acquiring visas to enter the United States and increases financial sanctions against the Burmese government. The ban does not apply to gems imported for personal use nor to exports of Burmese gems from the U.S or prevent U.S. sales of Burmese gems already in the United States.
The Act was named for the recently deceased Tom Lantos
, former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee