Accusing Burma’s armed forces of “going after activists who dare to expose its abuses”, EarthRights International calls for the release of Arakanese activist Khaing Myo Htun.
A Burmese court finds 33 farmers living next to a Special Economic Zone guilty of criminal trespass, a ruling seen by activists as a blow to land rights in a country with a rising demand for property for industrial use.
A coalition of 422 civil society and environmental groups are calling on the government to halt all proposed coal and large-scale hydropower projects, citing a raft of negative impacts on vulnerable local communities.
Former residents of the area now being used as part of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone say they haven’t been adequately compensated for the loss of their land.
The Thilawa Special Economic Zone is fast becoming a prime destination for foreign investment, but local people say their concerns aren’t being taken seriously.
Rights groups criticised the move, which they said would increase the risk of undermining political and economic reforms.