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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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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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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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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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