Category Archives: Thilawa

[MW Statement] Premature JICA Decision Violates Environmental Guidelines

What will it take for JICA to learn from its past mistakes? The Thilawa Special Economic Zone is entering it’s next stage, but JICA is repeating many of the same mistakes it made during Phase 1. Local people affected by Phase 1 … Continue reading

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A Year of Change–An overview of what has happened since Thilawa residents filed their official complaint to JICA

June 2015 marked a year since 3 people affected by the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Development Project filed an official complaint and request for investigation into JICA’s compliance with its Environmental and Social Guidelines. The 3 requesters claimed negative … Continue reading

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Thilawa Residents Criticize JICA Examiner’s Report (Dec 2014)

In November last year, a report of the JICA Examiner’s investigation into the Thilawa SEZ was released.  The Examiner concluded that JICA was “not in non-compliance” with its safeguard policies. Three residents who submitted the official complaint and request for … Continue reading

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“Not in non-compliance.” Result of JICA Examiner’s Investigation into Thilawa SEZ Resettlement Process

On November 4, JICA’s Examiners’ Office released its report on the findings of its first-ever investigation into a complaint filed by project affected people, and we were stunned to the repeated findings that JICA “was not in non-compliance” with its … Continue reading

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Study shows Significant drop in Living Standards after Resettlement for Thilawa SEZ

This afternoon in Yangon,  Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), Mekong Watch and the Thilawa Social Development Group (TSDG) released a PHR report detailing the conditions of people living in the resettlement site after displacement for the Thilawa SEZ.  The study … Continue reading

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(Update on trespassing charge) Burma (Myanmar) Thilawa SEZ: Is waiting for appropriate resettlement measures and compensation equivalent to trespassing?

Translation of 26 Oct 2014 Mekong Watch Japanese blog post by Abante. PHOTO: Last home remaining in the Phase 1 area “I still live here even after the police charged me with trespassing. But I’m more anxious now. If I … Continue reading

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Job Training Charade for Residents Resettled for Thilawa SEZ

How easy is it to give up a way of life that one is accustomed to and switch to an entirely different livelihood? Prior to resettlement, residents in the Phase 1 (400 hectare) area of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) were told … Continue reading

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