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Rakhine farmers still waiting on oil pipeline compensation

Farmers in Rakhine (Arakan) State’s Ann township said they have yet to receive compensation promised in return for land they allege was ruined by the construction of a controversial oil and gas pipeline.

U Myo Lwin, chair of the Ann township pipeline affairs watchdog group, blamed the state-run Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) for the delay, claiming it has failed to pass on the list of farmers who have not received compensation.....Read more


Locals afraid to restart Lemro Dam construction project

The locals afraid on a French company had made surveyed the possibility of Lemro hydro-electric power project in Lemro river, Paletwa township in southern Chin state recently.

In this regards, 157 people from 33 villages nearby Lemro river in Paletwa township had met and discussed about Lemro Dam project and its possible impacts in Kohpeyshe village on 12-14 in this month.....Read more


Public Needs ‘Stronger Awareness’ of Federalism

The public needs a strong understanding of federal principles in Myanmar’s changing political landscape, said practitioners at a dialogue on federalism held in Yangon on Saturday.

Joined by around 100 participants, speakers at “Federalism Dialogues on the Current Peace Process and the Building of a Federal Democratic Union” urged greater public participation. The participants, mostly university students from varying backgrounds, asked about ethnic armed organizations’ role in peace process, as well as equality, self-determination and other principles related to democracy and federalism.......Read more


Air pollution from Hsipaw coalmine affecting health

Residents in the northern Shan State Township of Hsipaw have been struck by respiratory ailments and other health issues, including 10 cases of tuberculosis (TB).

Many attribute the crisis to the Nam Ma coal mine, which, they say, has created severe air pollution over the past few years, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF).

Local villagers have raised concerns that the recent increase in TB cases is directly linked to years of breathing in dust and other pollutants from the mine, as well as a longstanding lack of accessible health care and disease control programs in the area, the report says......Read more

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Land Grabbing in Mingaladon.

Our Customary Lands Documentary

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Mother Land (part 1)

Mother Land (part 2 )

Jetsu Garden and Generals Village