Villagers Protest Hydropower Dam – “This Is Our Land – We Want It Back…”

May 19, 2015  •  Author: Nan Wai Pyo Zar

Karen villagers whose lands were taken by companies to build a hydropower dam are angry and now want their lands returned. The villagers from the Palet Wa region in Thandaung Township lost their homes and land to a hydro-power dam in Htantabin Township are protesting and dem... Read more ►

Kunhing Villagers Prepared to Stand Up to Govt, Developers, Corruption in Fight Against Salween Dam Project

May 9, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Villagers from Kunhing on the upper Salween River are strongly opposed to the Mong Ton Dam project that they say will destroy their way of life. The villagers released a statement on the 30th April listing their opposition to the damming of the Salween. “Our  ‘thousand ... Read more ►

Aussie Dam consultants Call Off Public Meeting on Mong Ton Mega-dam as 300 Kunhing Villagers Plan Protest

May 4, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The Australian Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation’s (SMEC) cancelled its plans to hold a public meeting to discuss the Mong Ton mega-dam on the Salween River after hearing that hundreds of villagers were going to hold a protest against the dam. The Shan Human Rights F... Read more ►

Burma’s New Investment Law Fuels Human Rights Concerns

April 1, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s new investment law fails to protect human rights or prevent environmental damage, New York based Human Rights Watch has warned. Jessica Evans, international financial institutions expert at HRW said the law , “will be a legal cornerstone of Burma’s efforts to r... Read more ►

Asia Highway Link Between Eindu and Kawkareik Town Threatens Villagers Livelihoods

March 30, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

A news bulletin released by the Karen Human Rights Group stating that a road planned by the Burma government with funding from the Asian Development Bank threatens villagers’ ability to earn a living. The Karen Human Rights Group claim that if the Asia Highway link between... Read more ►

Two-Day Event Honors Salween River Heritage

March 27, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

A two-day natural and cultural heritage event to honor the the Salween River and its people will be held in Hpa-an Karen State from the 27 to 28 March. A statement released by the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) said that the event will be the “first... Read more ►

Karen Groups Concerned Proposed Dams on Salween River Could Fuel Conflict and Increase Militarization

March 17, 2015  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung

The Karen River Watch, a coalition of Karen environmental community based groups raise concerns over the proposed hydropower dam projects on the Salween River and repeated their call for a halt to all development projects. Together with local villagers, KRW held a protest ne... Read more ►

Thailand and Japan Agree To Sign Deal On Dawei Mega-project

February 4, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

It is expected that Thailand’s Prime Minister’s, Prayut Chan-o-cha’s will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the $60 billion Dawei mega project during his visit to Japan next week. The cabinet on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging economic partnership with Ja... Read more ►

Tanitharyi Villagers Meet with Companies and Authorities to Discuss Problems Caused by Coal Mining

January 10, 2015  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

A meeting between villagers, company officials and officials from both the Karen National Union and the government was held on Tuesday, January 6 to discuss and resolve problems of land destruction caused by coal mining in Southern Burma’s Tanitharyi Division. Coal mining ... Read more ►

Dawei Project Threatens Livelihood of Locals, Claims Ethnic Women’s Organization

January 6, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The Dawei Special Economic Zone is threatening local peoples’ way of life, according to a report by the Tavoyan Women’s Union. The DSEZ, a joint venture of Thailand and Burma, has faced controversy since it’s inception with local and international human rights organisa... Read more ►

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