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8 Mar 2016

Nyein Nyein, Irrawaddy (Myanmar)

Locals call on Myanmar, Thai & Japanese Govts. to address long-standing land rights & livelihood concerns in Dawei SEZ before moving forward

“Affected Locals Tell New Govt to Solve Old Problems at Dawei SEZ”, 7 Mar 2016

Villagers affected by the Dawei special economic zone (SEZ) and deep-sea port in Burma’s southeast are urging the Burmese, Thai and Japanese governments to solve existing problems related to the project before pushing ahead with its implementation.

At a public forum organized by local residents affected by the Dawei SEZ…in Rangoon, local civil society groups bolstered that argument with calls for improved transparency on the 204.5-square-kilometer infrastructure project and greater public inclusion…

The CSOs…highlighted impacts of the project that included loss of lands at the project site and due to related road infrastructure; skyrocketing land prices; negative effects on women’s security; and locals’ loss of traditional livelihoods…