Thursday, March 01, 2012

Ruling soon in footwear strike in Rangoon

29 February 2012
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Thursday is the expected date for a ruling by 
the labour arbitration court in the Tai Yi footwear factory strike in the 
Hlaingthaya industrial zone in Rangoon.

Activists to launch global campaign against Shwe Gas

29 February 2012
A global campaign against the Shwe Gas Project in western Burma’s 
Arakan State will be held on the 1st of March, said Ko Won Aung, 
the coordinator of the Shwe Gas Movement based in Thailand.
“We will carry out three main activities that make up our global campaign 
against the Shwe Gas Project. First we will demand the foreign governments 
and stake holders in the project to temporarily suspend the project 
withdrawing their respective investments from the project in consideration 
of social suffering, environmental damage and human rights violations 
impacted by the project in our region, and second a signed petition 
by over 100 organizations will be sent to President U Thein Sein, and 
third we will hold demonstrations in a number of countries that include 
stake holding countries in the project”, said Ko Won Aung.

Villagers on trial for resisting relocation

29 February 2012
A trial is underway for villagers who have refused a government order to 
relocate from their homes close to Burma’s capital.
Members of around 20 households now face up to three months in prison, 
having turned down offers of 200,000 kyat ($US235) per family to relocate 
after the order was given in October 2011.

Thai AirAsia eyes Myanmar capital

29 February 2012
BANGKOK, 29 February 2012: Low-cost Thai AirAsia says it will start 
a service to Myanmar’s capital, Naypyidaw by year-end and add around 
five destinations during the first half of the year from three bases in Thailand.

Relocated villagers at Burmese dam site cannot return home

29 February 2012
New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Myitsone Dam project in Kachin State has been 
suspended, but Tanhpre villagers who were forced to relocate have been 
ordered to sign a pledge not to return to their villages.