As Japan’s Aid Money Pours In – Community Groups Raise Concerns*

July 15, 2014  •  Author: John Arterbury

When three villagers from rural Myanmar visited Tokyo earlier this month they came equipped with an unusual itinerary. Rather than spend time exploring the city’s urban jungle, the first trip any of them made out of Southeast Asia was to hand-deliver a complaint letter to ... Read more ►

KNU Official Wants Japan To consult On Any Development Planned For Karen State

May 11, 2014  •  Author: Nan Phyo Wai Zar

A Karen National Union official urged a visiting Japanese Member of Parliament when planning development project for Karen State that there is an urgent need to consult and involve the KNU. Padoh Aung Win Shwe, head of the KNU Foreign Affair Department informed a Japanese Me... Read more ►

Farmers Compensated For Land Loss To Asia Highway

March 16, 2014  •  Author: Nan Chaung Pawt

Burma’s government and the Thai company involved in the construction of the Asia Highway have paid compensation to landowners affected by the construction, but some landowners have claimed that they did not receive the compensation that the authorities initially promised. ... Read more ►


March 14, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s vice-chief-of-staff, in an exclusive question and answer interview with Karen News discussed the consequences of mega- development projects, hydro-dams, armed conflict, corruption, the current ceasefire, peace talk... Read more ►

International Rivers Day: Ethnic Groups Demand Govt To Halt Salween Dam Projects

March 14, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Tens of thousands of people from Shan, Karenni, Karen and Mon State joined with over 100 civil society organisations and political parties to issue a petition on International Day of Action for Rivers to demand an immediate moratorium on Burmese Government plans to construct... Read more ►

Karen Group Warns JICA Plan Could “Fuel Conflict”

February 22, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A Karen environmental group has voiced its concern over a Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) report detailing development plans for southeast Myanmar. The Thailand based Karen Environmental and Social Action Network Group (KESAN) raised the concerns in a docume... Read more ►

Village lives bulldozed for Kunlong mega-project

February 19, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A major dam and highway project in Shan State is destroying the livelihoods of locals, displacing people from dozens of villages, leading to heavy militarization in the area and contaminating water supplies, according to a human rights group. Shan Human Rights Foundation (... Read more ►

Villagers Affected By Asian Highway To Be Paid

February 18, 2014  •  Author: Nan Chaung Pawt and Saw Nyunt Thaung

The Burma government and a Thai company have agreed to pay compensation to farmers for damaging or taking their land while building the Asian Highway network link between Myawaddy and Kawkareik in Karen State. Saw Maw Htoo, Chairperson of the Karen National Union Kawkareik T... Read more ►

New Bridge Breathes New Life Into Local Economy

January 30, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyut Thaung

A new bridge over the Hong-Tha-Yaw River is to be built connecting Hlaing Kweh and Mae Tha Yaw, in Kawkareik Township. Construction of the bridge started in the first week of January 2014. The iron bridge will be 280 meters long and 7 meters wide, and it is estimated that it... Read more ►

Japan Bankrolls Highway Linking Mon and Karen States

October 15, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

A Japanese aid agency has promised to provide low-interest loans to the Mon State government for road building and other infrastructure projects. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is to finance the reconstruction of a small road that runs between Tarana villa... Read more ►

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