The Asia Highway: Planned Eindu to Kawkareik Town road construction threatens villagers’ livelihoods

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The Asia Highway: Planned Eindu to Kawkareik Town road construction threatens villagers’ livelihoods

Published date:
Sunday, March 22, 2015

This News Bulletin describes the proposed construction of a portion of the Asia Highway from Eindu to Kawkareik Town, crossing 17 different villages and one town in Hpa-an, Kyonedoe and Kawkareik townships in Dooplaya and Hpa-an districts. The Burma/Myanmar government has demarcated the route and plans to construct the road with funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The planning of the project has thus far been carried out with little consultation with local communities, who remain suspicious of such projects. If implemented, the highway construction would result in the confiscation of villagers’ land, posing a threat to their basic livelihoods.

Footnotes

[1] This News Bulletin was written by KHRG office staff and is based on information from a community member from Dooplaya District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor local human rights conditions. It was received by KHRG in February 2015. In order to increase the transparency of KHRG methodology and more directly communicate the experiences and perspectives of villagers in eastern Burma, KHRG aims to make all field information received available on the KHRG website once it has been processed and translated, subject only to security considerations. For additional reports categorised by Type, Issue, Location and Year, please see the Related Readings component following each report on KHRG’s Website.

[2] Article 10 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, which Burma/Myanmar signed on September 13, 2007, states that, “Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior, and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.”

[3] The Farmlands and other Acquisitions Inquiry Commission released a report in March 2013 which documented the seizure of approximately 250,000 acres of land by the military; see Htet Naing Zaw and Aya Kyawt Khaing, “Military Involved in Massive Land Grabs: Parliamentary Report,” The Irrawaddy, March 2013.

[4] KHRG’s 2013 report, Losing Ground: Land conflicts and collective action in eastern Myanmar, documents these trends in detail.