Jun 02, 2015Burmese company Soe Naing Phyo Co.Ltd and Chinese company Jidong Development Group Co.,Ltd plan to jointly develop a cement factory project and limestone mine on Kawpyin mountain near Kawpyin village, Hpa An township, Karen State. The factory would produce 5,000 tons of cement per day and will invest 356 million US dollars for the project. The proposed area for the project is around 970 Acres. The company claims that local people agreed to the project. However the reality is local people do not want this cement production project. Burmese subtitle (https://youtu.be/2U5vKycjUO0) English subtitle (https://youtu.be/i2aGT4i8AtA)
Jun 02, 2015The three-day consultation and training event entitling " Karen student and youth consultation and engagement in environmental affairs" was organized from April 13 to 15, 2015 at Paw Law Pu, a Karen Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp that located in Kay Pu village tract, Lu Thaw Township, Mutraw District, Karen State, Burma/Myanmar. A total of 202 participants (females 103; males 99), representing local communities from K'saw Ter and Lei Kee Community Forestry and Lu Thaw Paw Day community, 12 primary, secondary and post-secondary schools, including Kor Wah Plaw, T'pu Hta, The Nu Sei La, Plo Kee, Ter Kaw, Paw Law, Htee Mu Kee, Lei Kee, T'yu Kee, Day Pu Noh, Mae Ra Moe, and Pu Taw Memorial Junior College from Mae La camp, KSNG, and KED, actively and constructively participated.
Jun 02, 2015ข้อความจากชาวกะเหรี่ยง เราไม่เอาเขื่อนสาละวิน Karen Message: No Salween Dams ကညီဖိတသးလီဃိ၃္လိ၁္ထံတမz၃္ဘ၃္ ကရင္လူထုမွေတာင္းဆိုျခင္း - သံလြင္ေရကာတာအလိုမရွိ On 14 March 2015, Karen Rivers Watch (KRW) and local people gathered near the Hatgyi Dam site on the bank of the Salween River in Mutraw District, Karen State to commemorate the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams. The place is called Shwe Oo Wei as well as Taung Kyar. It is the place where the planned Hatgyi Dam will be built. There are several dams planned on the Salween River by governments and companies from Burma, Thailand and China. One of these is Hatgyi, to be built in Karen State. Although the Karen people will suffer the effects of the Hatgyi dam, including displacement, loss of livelihood, and increased poverty, about 90% of the electricity will be sold to China and Thailand. Only 10% will be for Burma/Myanmar, and how much of this will be for the Karen is unclear. For this reason, KRW and local people gathered to commemorate the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams to demonstrate their opposition to the Hatgyi dam and other Salween dams. A local woman said, "We do not want to leave our homes and live somewhere else. We love living in our own village. This dam will destroy our homeland." During the event, the KRW and local people delivered the following messages for the dam developers and investors. -EGAT Company (Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand), we do not welcome you! -IGE Company (International Group of Entrepreneurs Company) we do not welcome you! -Chinese Company, we do not welcome you! -Salween River is our life. -Salween Dam, stop it!
Jun 02, 2015The two-day training that focused on basic understanding of environment and its scopes, importance of water and forest, causes and effects of environmental degradation, community development and sustainable development, negative impacts of mining and dam, and Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC), was executed from November 12-13, 2014. A total of 38 training participants ( 20 females; 18 males) and they included high school students and teachers, and teachers and school committee from 12 primary schools in Ler Mu Lah Township attended. In addition to conducting environmental awareness and capacity building training, the Karen Student Network Group (KSNG), the local partner of KESAN organized the 'Karen Internally Displaced Schools' Fellowship' event from November 12-14, 2014. The event has brought a total of 446 participants (46 teachers, 32 school committee members, 335 students, and 33 community leaders) from 13 different schools around Ler Mu Lah Township. The event aimed to build as well as strengthen fellowship among Karen IDP schools by empowering them to know and understand their rights to education, as well to become more aware of social and environmental destruction in Karen areas that resulted from the interventions of large-scale development projects during the peacebuilding process. During the three-day event, activities comprised of song contests, cultural drama performance, impromptu speech, and a number of sports activities (e.g. football, basket ball, etc).
Jun 02, 2015On January 27 2015 the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand held a public forum with villagers and representatives of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) at Sob Moei Village, Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand regarding the planned Hatgyi Dam in Karen State, Burma near the Thailand-Burma border.