Bangkok: The Dawei Special Economic Zone is threatening local peoples’ way of life, according to a report by the Tavoyan Women’s Union.
The 50,000 acre port development, a joint venture of Thailand and Myanmar, has faced controversy since its inception with other NGOs also attacking the port project in the past couple of years.
The Tavoyan Women’s Union report stated that many locals’ livelihoods in farming and fishing have been hit hard from the project with land taken for minimal payment.
“The Dawei project has barely begun, but is already destroying the economic backbone of our communities. It must be stopped before it proceeds any further,” Su Su Swe, of Tavoyan Women’s Union, said. [07/01/15]