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Kachin residents urge govt to stop quarrying on island

Kachin residents have urged the government to stop large-scale gold mining and sand quarrying on an island in the Ayeyarwady River, as the activities could harm the environment and the livelihoods of villagers. More than 600 residents from several villages in the state capital, Myitkyina, and Waingmaw township, sent a letter to the state government […]

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 […]

Over 2500 villagers protest against MCL’s coal power plant

Over 2500 villagers, from 12 villages in Pyartaung area, Kyaikmaraw Township, Mon State, staged a protest on Saturday [Feb. 18], within the paddy fields of Kawpanaw Village, voicing opposition against the coal power-supplied electricity by Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL). The protesters want MCL to stop its coal-powered electricity supply aimed at powering its cement factory […]

Myanmar villagers remain in standoff over mine

YANGON, Myanmar — Villagers refusing to leave their homes for the expansion of a Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar remained in a tense standoff with security forces for a second straight day Tuesday, with two reported wounded. The confrontation, which left one woman dead Monday when guards and police fired at the protesting villagers, […]