Monthly Archives: July 2014

Is answering the phone enough?

Back in May, before villagers filed an official Objection to JICA’s Examiner for JICA’s Environmental and Social Guidelines, JICA ignored villagers’ repeated attempts to communicate their concerns regarding the Thilawa SEZ project. Since the Objection was filed, JICA has participated in … Continue reading

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Thilawa Residents Upbeat about JICA Examiner Visit

JICA’s Examiner, responsible for investigating the Objection filed by Thilawa villagers claiming that JICA failed to meet its own social and environmental standards, visited Burma and met with Thilawa villagers, government officials, and civil society organizations. The Thilawa Social Development Group, a group … Continue reading

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Some news coverage of the Thilawa SEZ

The Democratic Voice of Burma (DBV) has provided some news coverage of the Thilawa SEZ.  Here are some links which may be of interest: Displaced Thilawa Villagers Descend on Tokyo (1 min 30 sec). 6 June 2014  “We came to … Continue reading

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JICA to Investigate Thilawa SEZ Villagers’ Objection

It’s official! JICA’s Examiner will investigate the Thilawa SEZ. On June 2nd, three villagers affected by the Thilawa SEZ Project hand-submitted their objections to JICA’s Examiner in Tokyo, detailing the ways in which JICA failed to comply with its own … Continue reading

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Documents submitted for Objection Procedures to JICA re: Thilawa SEZ

On 2 June 2014, villagers affected by the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) submitted an official complaint to JICA in Tokyo. They claim that JICA has failed to comply with its own Guidelines for Environmental and Social Considerations when supporting … Continue reading

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