Monthly Archives: September 2014

Japan aid “for” ethnic minorities could worsen ethnic conflict: JICA Blueprint for Development in Southeast Burma/Myanmar

“Japan’s new development plan…could fuel conflict rather than promote peace” Karen Peace Support Network  The Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN) is very critical of a blueprint for integrated development in Karen and Mon States that is being put together by … Continue reading

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Thilawa Villager Facing Intimidation. JICA Must Take Action.

In June, 3 residents affected by the Thilawa SEZ filed an official request for investigation into JICA’s compliance with its Environmental and Social Guidelines. One is currently being intimidated by local government officials with threats of a lawsuit if he … Continue reading

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Housing Conditions at Thilawa SEZ Relocation Site

  The above is a house built by the Burmese/Myanmar government as housing compensation for families resettled to make way for Phase 1 of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone. Each family was given a plot of land 25ft x 50ft (approx 7.6m … Continue reading

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Deadline Extended for Investigation of JICA’s Compliance

An investigation of JICA’s compliance (or lack of) with its Guidelines for Environmental and Social Considerations in regard to the Thilawa Special Economic Zone project in Burma/Myanmar was scheduled to be completed by September 4th.  The 3 people who filed the … Continue reading

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