My colleague Vani Sathisan and I have published an opinion piece in the Asian Correspondent about our preliminary research at the Kyaukphyu SEZ:
“We don’t want electricity when there is no rice to cook in the pot. Without our land, we have no job, and no food,” a villager from Pyai Sate Kay village told us during our recent trip to the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
After several days of speaking with villagers and civil society organizations (CSOs), it became clear that the newest SEZ in Burma (Myanmar) – Kyaukphyu, an island off strife-ridden Rakhine State – is displacing local communities without proper compensation and accountability for loss of land and livelihoods.
CSOs in Kyaukphyu expressed concern about inadequate consultation, compensation and a lack of accountability for human rights violations in the context of forced evictions – all common complaints at other SEZs in Burma.
Kyaukphyu: History to repeat itself in Burma’s newest Special Economic Zone?
By Asian Correspondent Staff Apr 20, 2015 9:34AM UTC