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 ►

Karenni Community Organisations Hit Out At Norwegian Led Peace Program

December 11, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A report released by the Karenni Civil Society Network (KCSN) has claimed that the Norwegian led Myanmar Peace Support Initiative (MPSI) is putting the security of returning internally displaced persons (IDPs) at risk by placing them in areas under Burma Army control. The M... Read more ►

Villagers Who Lost Land To Malaysian Palm Oil Plantation Sign Petition Asking for Compensation to the KNU and State Govt

December 11, 2014  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Villagers are planning to seek compensation from the KNU and state government for land confiscated by developers for a palm oil plantation project in Tanintharyi Division. Saw Poe San, one of the petition leaders from the Southern Youth Organization, told Karen News. “Vill... Read more ►

Families Moved to Make Way for Japan-Burma Thilawa Project Reported to be Living in Deplorable Conditions

November 19, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Families moved by the Burmese government to make way for a special economic zone in Thilawa have been living in deplorable conditions, leaving them hungry and sick, a report by a human rights organisation has found. The report, by the New York based, Physicians for Human Rig... Read more ►

Karen Army Leader Links Current Fighting To Burma Government’s Mega Development Projects

October 24, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

General Ner Dah Bo Mya, the head of the Karen National Defence Organisation told Karen News that armed conflict this month in Burma is linked to plans to build hydropower dams on the Salween River. In an exclusive interview General Ner Dah explains to Karen News why he has p... Read more ►

Tanitharyi Divison Villagers Call For Development Projects To Stop As Govt Grants Hundred Of Thousands of Acres To Business Interests

October 16, 2014  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Representatives from civil society groups, religious leaders and villages in the Tanitharyi Division have sent a petition letter to both the government’s Division Chief Minister and the Karen National Union’s Megui/Tavoy District chairperson to try to get development pro... Read more ►

Myanmar Peace Centre Discusses Japanese Agency’s Development Plans with Karen Community Network

September 16, 2014  •  Author: Nan Chaung Pawt

The government-backed Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) met with the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN), that represents 28 Karen community based organizations, to discuss concerns regarding a Japanese economic development blueprint for South East Burma. Following the September 11 ... Read more ►

Karen Community Organizations Claim Japanese Development Plan in Burma Could ‘Fuel Conflict’, ‘Ignores Local Voices’

September 12, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

More than 30 ethnic Karen community based organizations, including environmental watchdogs and civil society organizations, have criticized a blueprint for economic development in Southeast Burma published by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an aid agency t... Read more ►

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