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Civil Society Groups Welcome Stricter EU Sanctions on Businesses and Individuals Associated with Military Junta

Justice for Myanmar, a campaign alliance collecting, investigating evidence and exposing the business network of the Burma military, issued a statement welcoming the European Union’s decision to impose economic sanctions on 22 individuals associating with the junta and four companies, including the International Group of Entrepreneurs (IGE), Mining Enterprise 1 (ME1), Htoo Group, and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE),…

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Despite Border Closures Mae Sot – Myawaddy Border Trades Earned USD $705.627 Million in the Last Three and a Half Months, Doubled Same Period for 2021

Citing the increase in both exports and imports through the Myawaddy – Mae Sot route, the Ministry of Commerce, under the control of SAC, reported trade reached USD$705.627 million in just three and a half months, from 1 October 2021 to 14 January 2022. The report stated that the total trade value in the same period during the previous year…

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State Administration Council Destroys Economy – Kyat Crashes… Rice, Food and Fuel Costs Skyrocket

During the last week of September, money exchanges offered 2,700 Kyat to the US dollar compared to 1,695 on the 1st September. The local currency began falling immediately after the military launched its coup against the democratically elected government on 1st February. When the military-appointed State Administration Council took control of the country, the Kyat traded at 1,395 to the…

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Shwe Koko: Big Winners – Burma Army and international Crime Syndicates at Expense of Karen People – KNU, Community Groups Want it Stopped

Plans to turn rice fields running from the River Moei up into the Dawna Mountain Range into a giant construction site of large concrete houses, apartment blocks, casinos and an international airport are causing concerns for Karen community groups. The grand plan to turn thousands of acres of Karen land surrounding the small village of Shwe Koko into a mega…

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Karen Women’s Group Calls for Boycott of Companies’ Linked to Burma’s Military

The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) put out a statement calling the people of Burma and international communities in the country to boycott products of companies linked to Burma’s military. The KWO statement issued on February 18, 2020 urged for a ban on products made by military companies and called on foreign embassies and donors in Burma to make sure their…

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Second Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge Plans to Open End of October

Preparations are underway to start operation of the 2nd Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge, connecting the Thai border town of Mae Sot in Tak Province and the Burma border town of Myawaddy in Karen State, by October 30, 2019. Union Minister U Thant Zin Maung from the Ministry of Transport and Communications travelled to Myawaddy on October 5 to inspect the readiness…

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UK Advocacy Group Accuses 49 International Companies of Supporting Military Abuses in Burma

Advocacy group Burma Campaign UK published its ‘Dirty List’ in early December 2018, slamming 49 international companies accused of “operating in Myanmar in such a way that contributes to human rights violations and environmental destruction.” Burma Campaign UK Revives ‘Dirty List’ Following Recent Atrocities This is the first time Burma Campaign UK has published a ‘Dirty List’ since the country…

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Villagers Demand Unsafe Coal Transport Used in Running Myaing Kalay Cement Factory Stop

Villagers living near the Myaing Kalay cement factory in Hpa-an, Karen State have asked for operators to stop the storing and transporting of coal used to run the 4,000 ton Myaing Kalay cement factory. Local residents made their request on November 10, following the spilling of coal from trucks while being transported from the port to the cement factory. The…

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No Permission has been Granted for the Proposed Construction of 10,000-ton Cement Plant – Gen Saw Johnny

The Karen National Union (KNU) has not permitted the construction of a proposed cement plant in Hlaingbwe Township under its controlled area, according to Gen. Saw Johnny, chief of staff of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) under the KNU. Yadanar Sai Kaung Myat Kyaw Company has earmarked the construction of the cement plant near Hnget Pyaw Taw Village under…

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UHM Company Wins Tender to Build Shopping Mall in Karen State’s Hpa-an

UHM Development Co., Ltd has won a tender on June 21 to build an international standard shopping mall (plaza) in the Karen State’s capital Hpa-an. “Our company, which received the highest mark, has been selected. We believe our company was selected because we consider the needs of Hpa-an residents, how useful it (the shopping mall) will be for them and…

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