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Implementation of burma’s vacant, fallow and virgin land management law: at odds with the nationwide ceasefire agreement and peace negotiations

Land rights of peoples must be protected to improve prospects for peace. The Government of Myanmar’s approach to land policy risks increasing land conflicts and exacerbating current challenges in formal peace negotiations. Civil society organizations strongly oppose implementation of the recently-amended Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law (VFV Land Law), due to well-founded fears […]

Myanmar political group blocks construction of cement plant

General Saw Johnny, chief of staff of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), says that the group has not granted permission for Yadanar Sai Kaung Myat Kyaw Company to build a new cement plant at Hnget Pyaw Taw near Hlaingbwe. The representative of the military wing of the Karen National Union, a local political organisation, […]

Burma Removes Hundreds of Names from Blacklist

RANGOON — The names of some 600 foreign and Burmese nationals were removed from Burma’s blacklist, the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population told The Irrawaddy on Thursday. A move that was pledged by Union minister Thein Swe as part of his ministry’s 100-day plan, led to the removal of 607 names—more than 200 Burmese and 300 […]

Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, […]

Tanintharyi villagers demand end to palm-oil project

Tanintharyi mountain villagers have demanded that the Myanmar Stark Prestige Plantation Company (MSPP) suspend its plans to cut down their forests and seize their land to open palm-oil plantations. They claim they are suffering from severe water problems and a scarcity of cultivable land. Villagers from the lower reaches of the Tanintharyi River in Myeik […]

Trial phase of KNU hydropower dam to cost $1 million

IT is anticipated that $1 million will be used in the preliminary trial phase of a Karen National Union (KNU) construction of Baw Ka Hta hydropower dam project, located in Nyaunglebin district of Bago Region, says Saw Tar Doh Moo, the chair of the KNU central economic committee. As well as working to have a […]

Controversial palm oil project sparks arguments

Letters were exchanged between the Taninthayi regional government and the Karen National Union (KNU) over a palm oil production project run by Myanmar Stark Prestige Plantation Co Ltd, in cooperation with a Malaysian company. The debate started when company officials sent a complaint letter to the regional government claiming that the KNU demanded they shut […]

Trial of Traders Hotel bombing suspects continues

The trial of suspects allegedly linked to the spate of bomb blasts in Yangon last October, including a blast at the former Traders Hotel, is continuing, sources from the Western District Court said. Three men are on trial at the court for a plot to bomb the Western Park Ruby Restaurant in Ahlone Township. The […]

Chinese firm claims Hpa-an locals support cement factory project

Myanmar Jidong Cement Company, a subsidiary of Chinese multinational giant Tangshan Jidong, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cement, has countered claims that local communities in Karen State capital Hpa-an are opposed to their building a factory in the area, saying it has the support of the people, and that it intends building the […]

More arrested over recent bombings

After interrogating Saw Myint Lwin and seven accomplices who have confessed to recent bomb blasts throughout the country, the Myanmar Police Force has made more arrests in connection with the crimes, the force says. “We are interrogating those arrested recently to explore more about the case. We are collaborating with police members from various regions […]