61 STORIES TAGGED ‘BUSINESS’

Burma Army Officer Punishs and Warns Villagers over Protesting Against Gold Mining Polluting Their Water Sources

April 28, 2015  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Villagers from Ka Htaung Li village who protested against a gold mining operation that polluted their water sources alleged that they were harassed, punished and warned not to do it again by a Burma Army officer. Villagers alleged that Lieutenant Colonel Than Htike, the batt... Read more ►

Troubled Copper Mine a ‘Cautionary Tale’ for Myanmar Investors*

February 10, 2015  •  Author: Simon Lewis

On December 22, a China-Myanmar joint venture developing a copper mine in central Myanmar announced that it had gained “broad community support” to continue the controversial project and that it would be expanding the area covered by the mine. The day ended with 56-year ... Read more ►

People Power Wins – KNU And State Officials Let Villagers Have Final Say On Proposed Cement Factory

May 4, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung and Nan Chaung Pawt

Government officials and local Karen National Union officials have decided to let villagers decide if a cement factory is to be built in their area. Following strong opposition by the villagers against the proposed cement factory planned for the Mi Kayin village area, Hpa-an... Read more ►

Residents Fight $500m Cement Factory Proposal

March 5, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung

Residents from Lun-Nya village area, in Hpa-an Township voiced their opposition to a proposed cement factory planned for their area, over concerns that it could endanger their health and fears that they would receive no compensation. As many as 300 villagers raised their con... Read more ►

The Bad Oil – Companies Occupy Relocated Villages’ Land

December 18, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Following the good feel surrounding the ceasefire between the Karen and Burma government, villagers forced relocated 10 years ago returned in hope to their old village, only to find it occupied by a palm oil company. Following their forced relocation by Burma Army, Karen vil... Read more ►

Burma Rivers Network – Govt Backed Dam Projects Fuels Conflict, Not Peace

October 31, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Grave concerns over government plans to build six hydroelectric dams on the Salween River. The dam projects would be used to sell hydropower to Burma’s neighbors, China and Thailand. The planned dams lie in ethnic conflict zones where the critical issue of control over nat... Read more ►

A Deadly Mix – Money, Peace and Conflict

October 31, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

A report launched this week by the Burma News International highlighted the impact of business on the country’s fragile peace process. The report – Economics of Peace and Conflict – details how economic engagement trends connected to the peace process “have a... Read more ►

Burma clamps down on local protests as multinational developments go ahead

October 2, 2013  •  Author: Henry Zwartz and Karen News

The jailing of 10 activists by Burma’s government was slammed by regional human rights groups who accused the government of muscling out local villagers in favor of multinational development projects. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), that repr... Read more ►

Japan Shows Interest In Dawei Mega Project

September 30, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Japan joined a meeting between Thailand and Burma to discuss how to kick-start the Dawei $60 billion mega project in southern Burma. It was the first time the three countries had met to discuss Japan’s role as a potential investor in the massive Dawei project that includes... Read more ►

Hpa-an Monks and Residents Battle to Win Back Town’s Football Ground

September 30, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

Monks and residents from Hpa-an protest against the destruction of the town’s historic football ground to make way for the construction of a hotel and shopping mall. As many as 500 monks gathered on Friday, September 27, at the Hpa-an Maebaung Monastery to demonstrated aga... Read more ►

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