Tag Archives: JICA

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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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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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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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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“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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(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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Mekong Watch’s Three Urgent Demands to JICA and MOFA re: Thilawa SEZ

On 30 September, Mekong Watch submitted an urgent letter to JICA and the Japanese Foreign Ministry. We are very concerned that one of the 3 people who filed a request for investigation into compliance with JICA’s safeguard policies in the … Continue reading

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Thilawa Phase 1 Resident Family Stays at Home, Sued for Trespassing

In many development projects, people get hurt. In the name of development and progress, some people are impoverished. It may be easy to say it is a necessary sacrifice, as long as it is not one’s own life being turned … Continue reading

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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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