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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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[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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[Seminar] Investment to Myanmar and Environmental and Social Aspects “What should Japan do?: Reports from Local Residents Affected by the Thilawa SEZ”

Sep 27, 2016 (Tue) 18:30-20:30 Organized by: Mekong Watch Cooperation by: Ayus, FoE Japan, Human Rights Now Location: Global Environmental Outreach Centre (Tokyo) (1st Floor of UN University, between Shibuya and Omotesando) http://www.geoc.jp/english/contact/access/ Fee:  500 Yen (Students and Mekong Watch … Continue reading

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Thilawa Update

All residents from Phase 1 of the Thilawa SEZ Development project have been resettled, but in spite of the many unresolved problems, preparations are being made to relocate the next 2000-hectare area. During Phase 1, residents were greatly dissatisfied with … Continue reading

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Our Villages Aren’t Built on Coal

At the end of last year, activists and people from villages in Myanmar where Japanese companies are poised to build coal-fired power plants came to Japan to speak about their concerns. They made it clear that they are against the … Continue reading

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[Seminar] Outdated Coal for a New Myanmar?! Coal is not our Future.

We Can’t Build our Future on Coal-Fired Power Plants -A Message from Myanmar/Burma’s Villages to the People of Japan- Nov 27, 2015 (Fri) 18:00-20:30 Organized by: Mekong Watch, JACSES, FOE Japan, Kiko Network Location: Global Environmental Outreach Centre (Tokyo) (1st Floor … Continue reading

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