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About 100 residents from the town of Letpadaung protested on Tuesday against the Chinese company that operates a controversial copper mine in northwestern Myanmar’s Sagaing region, a villager said.

The protesters blocked the road to the mine and demanded that Wanbao Mining Copper Ltd. Company give them the 1,900 acres of land they were supposed to receive according to the recommendations of a parliamentary commission, Ko La Pyae from Moegyopyin Ale village said.....Read moredef

 

Lt-Gen Yawd Serk, the head of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), one of Burma’s strongest ethnic armed groups, told media on February 7 that he was opposed to any hydropower projects if they would have a notable impact on the local people.It is not wrong that any river that flows through Shan State should be used to benefit the local people,” he said, speaking at 70th anniversary celebrations for Shan State National....Read more

 

Leading Burmese environmental groups, including Burma Rivers Network (BRN) and Save the Salween Network (SSN), today released a statement, voicing strong opposition to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which they say is currently promoting various hydropower projects in areas that are primarily conflict zones.

“BRN and SSN oppose any attempts to push ahead with large dams while conflict continues along Burma’s major rivers, where Burma Army offensives and systematic abuses have displaced hundreds of thousands,.....Read more

 

The June Cement Industry Ltd will not return farmland purchased from locals in the Pyartaung area, Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State and will continue with plans to implement its cement factory project, according to the director of the June Cement Industry Ltd.

The company’s director U Myint Soe stated the above in an interview with MNA on Tuesday [October 18], and added that the company is still submitting its report to the government, requesting for permission to use the farmland. Once the company receives permission, it will start the project...................Read more

 
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