Published On: Sun, Apr 22nd, 2012



There are serious concerns surrounding the development and operation of the Kyauk Phyu Special Economic Zone Project.  Forced relocation and land confiscation by military authorities is already occurring in the area.  Land prices are increasing astronomically in the areas in and around the Zone, which also effectively forces locals off of their lands.  Additionally, the loss of land and the development of the massive deep-sea port will result in the loss of livelihoods, such as farming and fishing.  The construction and operation of the Zone will also cause significant environmental degradation to the area, which houses the second largest mangrove forest in Burma.  This project is particularly harmful since there are no laws or regulations protecting the environment in this area.  Finally, human rights abuses are a tragic but common occurrence in economic project areas around Burma, where communities face violations ranging from forced labor to rape.

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