A briefer on the Thilawa special economic zone....."Twice the Myanmar Government attempted to confiscate residential and farm land for
the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), and twice they failed to properly follow Myanmar
laws. In both the 1996/97 and 2013 attempts to confiscate lands, the government and
private parties ignored the procedures and requirements of Myanmar law, including the
Land Acquisition Act. The Myanmar Government failed to properly notify affected
communities or provide adequate compensation for relocation. Furthermore, the Thilawa
SEZ Management Committee, the Yangon Regional Government, and the Japan International
Cooperation Agency (JICA) violated JICA’s Guidelines for Environmental and Social
Consideration (the “Guidelines”), resulting in significant harm to Thilawa communities.
Accordingly, local communities request that these violations be acknowledged and
adequately remedied by the Myanmar Government, the Thilawa SEZ Management
Committee, and JICA as required by Myanmar law and JICA’s Guidelines...
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