Dawei residents protest against $3 billion oil refinery

A collection of civil society groups in the southern city of Dawei has begun to actively protest a Chinese-led US$3 billion proposal to build Myanmar’s largest oil refinery on their doorstep. Local businesses, civil society organisations and villagers are circulating a petition calling for the new National League for Democracy-led government to reconsider the project […]

Villagers condemn power-plant project

Residents have staged a protest in Thakyataw village, Dawei District of Tanintharyi Region, against a coal-fired power plant to be built by the 24-Hour Mining and Industry Company Limited. About 400 residents took part, carrying banners reading “Environmental preservation”, “No dirty plant wanted”, “Stop the coal-fired power plant project”, “Get out” and “Goodbye to the […]

Madae Islanders to Protest Inauguration of Kyaukphyu Pipeline

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The oil pipeline linking the Rakhine State port of Kyaukphyu and China will commence operations on Jan. 30, with local residents planning a demonstration against land seizures and environmental damage at the project’s official inauguration. Locals said a large contingent of police had been deployed on the island ahead of the […]

Letpudaung Mine protest turns deadly

Opposition party leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday said failure by authorities to implement the recommendations of a commission that reviewed a controversial copper mine project in northwestern Myanmar had led to a deadly clash at the site earlier this week between protesters and police. A local official on Wednesday also announced a formal […]

Thousand farmers stage protest in Mandalay

Around one thousand farmers staged a protest against the Mandalay-Myothar Industrial Zone Park on Nov 17 in Myotar Town, of Mandalay Region. They demanded immediate release of jailed farmers and proper compensation for their farmlands seized, during the protest. The protestors from 14 villages located in the project area went on their protest march through […]

Demonstration to be held against hotel construction in Bagang hotels in Bagan without following the instruction to stop

The construction and expansion of private HOTELS IN Bagan in defiance of government orders is prompting a public group to come out in protest. Min Naing Aung, chairperson of Bagan Lovers Organization, said a protest will be held at Royal Rose Hall in Yangon on November 1. Preparations are underway to add the Bagan cultural […]

Lawyers’ Network to battle MIC over court tenders

Members of the Lawyers’ Network have protested against a government decision to lease two court buildings to private companies and have threatened to sue the Myanmar Investment Commission. About 50 lawyers from the network walked from the High Court on Maha Bandoola Park Street to Small Claims Court on Strand Road during the May 28 […]

Myanmar’s Work Hopes Still Up in the Air

PANTANAW/YANGON — U Than Zaw shook his head as he stared across the waterlogged fields. “Over there, that’s where my land is,” he said, swinging a tattooed arm out through the bamboo frame of a waterside hut. We were standing just off the road linking Yangon, Myanmar’s heaving commercial capital, with Pantanaw, a flood-prone farming […]

Yangon residents protest against government’s commercialization of public playgrounds

Yangon residents on November 16 staged a protest against government’s commercialization of public parks and playgrounds in the city downtown. The temporary committee for protection against commercialization of public parks and playgrounds in Yangon Region organized the protest which started at 10am on that day in front of Yangon City Hall. The protest was joined […]

China’s troubled copper mine back on track

Geng Yi, the managing director of the Letpadaung Copper Mine, is cautiously optimistic that one of China’s largest investments in Myanmar will “soon be back on track”. Months of protests by local farmers and activists had brought operations to a halt. The project, a joint venture between China’s Wanbao Mining and its Myanmar partner, Union […]