EIGHTY Thai and Myanmar NGOs have voiced their support for The Nation journalist Pratch Rujivanarom, who has been sued by a Thai mining company over a report about the environmental impacts of a tin mine affecting local people in Myanmar.
The Mekong Eye traces latest developments in one of the most controversial mining projects in Myanmar, led by a subsidiary of state-owned Chinese arms manufacturer in partnership with Myanmar’s leading military conglomerate.
A newly-amended Investment Promotion Law has moved to cut by half the maximum investment period for new concession projects to 50 years, down from previous maximum period of 99 years.
The new management at the Australian mining firm Eumeralla Resources has decided not to further pursue mining opportunities in eastern Burma, following a three-year wait for permits. The Perth-based firm, which is currently undergoing a restructuring and name change, had been seeking to explore for minerals in a corner of Karenni State that has been beset by decades of conflict.
The World Bank’s private sector lending arm, the International Finance Corporation, which gives financial assistance to businesses that invest in the developing world, has come under criticism in a new report over its connection to a controversial coal mining operation in Tenasserim Division.
Ten villagers have been injured by police who fired rubber bullets at them for blocking a roadway to a controversial Chinese-run Wanbao copper mine.
Mining in Myanmar’s industrial zone has flooded villages with problems, leading to demands that Thai investors show accountability
Following their visit to Dawei, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) will is invite members from Thai companies – Myanmar Pongpipat company and Italian-Thai Development company – to discuss the community’s recommendations.
Over the last 14 years, waterbirds in Myanmar’s Irrawddy River declined by 60% to 90% depending on the species. Scientists working for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Manfred Hermsen Foundation have repeated an ornithology survey of the Irrawaddy River.