Press Release: Beautiful Words, Ugly Actions:The Asian Highway in Karen State, Burma

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Press Release: Beautiful Words, Ugly Actions:The Asian Highway in Karen State, Burma

Published date:
Friday, August 26, 2016

Today, at Myanmar Journalist Network in Yangon, THWEE Community Development Network, the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN), and the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) jointly launched a new report, "Beautiful Words, Ugly Actions: The Asian Highway in Karen State". This report details human rights violations surrounding the construction of the Asian Highway in Thin Gan Nyi Naung to Kawkareik, Dooplaya District, which was completed in August 2015. These violations include the lack of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for affected communities, and armed conflict aggravated by construction, impacting civilians living along the Highway. The main actors identified are the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Myanmar Ministry of Construction (MoC) who are leading the construction. This joint-report also raises concerns about further violations should construction continue as planned from Kawkareik to Eindu, Dooplaya District. The report concludes with detailed recommendations to stakeholders in the Asian Highway Development Project.