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20 January 2014

How to Invest in Myanmar - Doing Well by Doing Right

Author: Stanley A. Weiss & Tim Heinemann, Foreign Affairs

…Western business has its own role to play. In a few cases, firms with significant interests at stake may intervene directly and productively in peace talks…More likely, Western investors can play a critical role in policing bad business behavior and...

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17 January 2014

Kachin-Yunnan Timber Trade Hampering Peace Process in Myanmar

Author: Rachel Vandenbrink, Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s resource-rich Kachin state’s booming timber-led trade with China’s bordering Yunnan province is hindering the northern state’s peace process, already hampered by serious distrust between ethnic rebels and the military who have been fighting...

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9 January 2014

“Displaced, Relocated And Our Land Given To Companies…” [Myanmar]

Author: Karen News

State-run oil and rubber plantations are blocking displaced Karen villagers from returning to their original land. Since the ceasefire between the Karen National Union and the Burma government in 2012 dispossessed villagers in the Tanintharyi region...

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20 November 2013

US Govt’s Burma Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements - comments, guidelines & company responses

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Latest update:...EIRIS Conflict Risk Network (CRN) sent letters to US companies Coca-Cola, Ford and GE urging them to submit thorough and accurate reports under the Reporting Requirements; and to Capital Group, urging it to resubmit its report for...

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12 September 2013

Fighting Escalates in Kachin State [Myanmar]

Author: Saw Yan Naing, Irrawaddy (Myanmar)

Fighting is increasing in north Burma’s Kachin State, after peace talks…ended without agreement…[M]ost clashes have been reported in north and northeast Kachin State as well as northern Shan State, where dam projects as well as mining, pipeline,...

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5 September 2013

KNU Gen. Baw Kyaw Heh Exposes How Ceasefire Agenda has Shifted to Business [Myanmar]

Author: Eh Na, Karen News (Myanmar)

In an…interview with Karen News, General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA)…explained his concerns about the current peace building process…and why he thinks the recent ceasefire focus is now on business...

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31 May 2013

Vodafone drops bid to run network in Burma amid human rights worries

Author: Christopher Williams, Telegraph [UK]

The operator formed a joint venture with China Mobile and was preparing to deliver its formal bid to Burmese authorities on Monday. On Friday morning, however, Vodafone said it had agreed with China Mobile to pull out, saying the opportunity does not...

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23 May 2013

Burma Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements [USA & Myanmar]

Author: US Department of State

The Burma Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements have received final approval from the Office of Management and Budget and have taken effect…U.S. persons are required to report on a range of policies and procedures with respect to their...

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9 May 2013

Ethnic Activists Warn of Surge in Land Grabs After Ceasefires [Myanmar]

Author: Paul Vrieze, Irrawaddy

About 40 ethnic activist groups are calling on the government, ethnic militias and the international community to address a surge in land-grabbing, as companies move into Burma’s ethnic regions following recent ceasefire agreements…[The] organizations...

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30 April 2013

New Report: Conducting Meaningful Stakeholder Consultation in Myanmar

Author: Shift

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights include guidance on the role of meaningful consultation by companies with their stakeholders, particularly those groups that their operations may impact directly. Meaningful consultation can...

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