Press statement of KDNG Kachin State Natural Resources Development Policy Discussion Paper PDF Print Email
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Press statement of KDNG Kachin State Natural Resources Development Policy Discussion Paper

                                                                17 June 2015

Kachin State Natuaral Resources Development Policy discussion paper of KDNG is based on our
experiences and findings of our community research over the last ten years, documenting the impacts
of mega development projects on peoples across Kachin State. We did this research together with local
communities, research on unsystematically natural resources exploitation and experiences and solution
from other countries where there has been conflict over natural resources.

Statement from civil society EITI International Board representatives calling for restrictions on civil society space in Myanmar to be lifted PDF Print Email
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By: EITI CSO Board members   

Date: 11 February 2015

On 2 July 2014, the International Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) admitted Myanmar as

We recognise and welcome the progress that Myanmar has already made in the management of its valuable natural resources.
The government’s engagement in EITI is an important demonstration of its commitment to transparent resource management
for the sustainable benefit of the people. As Myanmar starts to prepare its first EITI report, we applaud the strides already made
on such critical issues as beneficial ownership and contract disclosure. However, Myanmar’s EITI reporting will have little impact
if there is limited space for stakeholders to analyze and debate natural resource governance, or if there are obstacles to monitoring
the implementation of agreed commitments. The national EITI multi-stakeholder group provides a precedent-setting forum for civil
society to meet and raise concerns directly with representatives of the government and the private sector and, as such, has the scope
to create real accountability. Action is needed to ensure that the opportunity for effective reform is not undermined by the limitations
on civil society expression and operation displayed in the Letpadaung case.

Kachin Civil Society Conference Statement PDF Print Email
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By: KDNG   

23rd May 2014

Kachin civil society strongly believe that the voices of our communities, IDPs, and civil society must be included in the peace talk process in order to have genuine political change in Burma.

Therefore, 17 Kachin CSOs gathered during 20-22 May 2014 to discuss the latest conflict situation in Kachin areas, and the impacts on local communities. We are very concerned at the recent military build-up and escalation of fighting by Burmese government troops, and attacks and abuses against civilians, which have displaced a further 4,000 IDPs in southern Kachin State and northern Shan State since early April.

These Burma Army operations appear aimed to clear out ethnic resistance forces from strategic transport and economic zones along the Burma-China border, and secure control over these areas, even while nationwide ceasefire negotiations are continuing.

We Kachin civil society organizations want to get justice for our communities and want to include our desires in the current peace process, in order to gain genuine peace in Burma. We therefore make the following recommendations:

Press release by people forcibly relocated for the Myitsone Dam PDF Print Email
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Press release by people forcibly relocated for the Myitsone Dam

26 March, 2014

Mungchying Rawt Jat (MRJ)

On March 12, 2014, local people in Aung Myin Tha relocation camp, who had been moved to make way for the Myitsone Dam, carried out a referendum asking people to choose between whether they “Liked” or “Did Not Like” the Myitsone Dam. The aim was to show the real wishes of the affected people.

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