Category Archives: Dawei SEZ

Will the Dawei Economic Zone Benefit the People of Myanmar?

Is the Dawei Special Economic Zone paving the way to environmental disaster? An article by a Mekong Watch researcher, published on the Mekong Commons website,  begins with this question. The article provides information on the local situation and some of the environmental … Continue reading

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Petition to JICA on Tanintharyi Region Development Plan

On April 2017, Mekong Watch submitted a petition to JICA regarding the Tanintharyi Region Development Plan. An English translation is provided here. In April, JICA was accepting bids from consultants to conduct the “Data Collection Survey for the Tanintharyi Region … Continue reading

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Legal Framework for SEZs in Myanmar insufficient to protect human rights: ICJ Report

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has recently issued a report entitled “Special Economic Zones in Myanmar and the State Duty to Protect Human Rights.”  In this report, they review the legal framework in which the SEZs in Myanmar are … Continue reading

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Dawei SEZ Fact Sheet Available

We have compiled information into a factsheet on the Dawei SEZ project. It can also be downloaded as a PDF document (including photos, 5MB) by clicking this link:  dawei_factsheet_eng_2016nov10 The text of the fact sheet (without photos) is below: November 10, … Continue reading

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Dawei: Lost in Development (video)

For a 17-minute introduction to the difficulties being faced by people living around the Dawei SEZ Development Project, see the video below (with Japanese subtitles). It includes interviews with villagers who lost jobs, land, or homes.

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We don’t want compensation…

“We take good care of our land. It’s thanks to the land that we can live. We don’t want compensation. Compensation doesn’t last. We can’t pass it on to our children. If we can pass on the land, we have … Continue reading

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Local groups demand accountability upon Japan’s announcement of official involvement in the Dawei SEZ

On August 4th, local community groups from Dawei (southern Burma) sent a letter to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) after Japan officially announced its involvement in the … Continue reading

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