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Article

9 Oct 2014

Author:
Vani Sathisan (International Commission of Jurists), Myanmar Times

Myanmar: Rights-compliant investment needed to keep special economic zones fair for all, says Intl. Commission of Jurists

“Rights-compliant investment needed to keep SEZs fair for all”, 6 October 2014

…In Mutu and neighbouring villages, farmers and fishermen lamented the displacement of communities, loss of livelihoods and culture, and forced relocations due to the development of the Dawei SEZ and related infrastructure. Some told us they were being charged with trespassing on government land because they had refused to leave their homes after their land had been confiscated…[T]he complaints emanating from Dawei are not isolated incidents. Amid the euphoria of the investment gold rush, Myanmar faces an epidemic of land disputes exacerbated by the development of SEZs…For Myanmar to embark on a path of sustainable development that advances, rather than undermines, the rights of its people, it must create a legal framework consisting of primary laws and secondary regulations…

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