Myitsone Workers Return to China, but Beijing Still Hoping for Restart

Published on Oct 28 2011 // News Update
Nearly a month after Burma’s President Thein Sein announced the suspension of the controversial Myitsone dam project in Kachin State, Chinese workers have begun returning to China, even as Beijing continues to signal its desire to resume the US $3.6 billion project in the near future. On Thursday,...

“Sold Out” featured on the Business and Human Rights Resource Center

Published on Oct 28 2011 // Campaign Update
The Business and Human Rights Resource Center has posted three company responses to “Sold Out”. Please visit: http://www.business-humanrights.org/Documents/ShweGasReport

Twinza Oil faces calls to leave Burma

Published on Oct 20 2011 // News Update
A high profile Perth businessman who has investment links to a company owned by Burma’s military regime is facing calls to withdraw his company from the troubled nation. William (Bill) Clough’s oil and gas exploration company Twinza Oil is thought to have invested up to $40 million in...

Burma law to allow labour unions and strikes

Published on Oct 20 2011 // News Update
Workers in Burma will be allowed to form unions and go on strike under a new law signed this week by the president, officials say. The law permits unions with a minimum of 30 members to be formed and allows strikes if a notice period is given. Unions have not been allowed to operate in Burma since...

India Raises Its Game in Burma

Published on Oct 19 2011 // News Update
By Tom Wright The Great Game between India and China to foster business ties with resource-rich Myanmar is getting fiercer. India has long stood in China’s shadow when it comes to investing in Myanmar, also known as Burma. China, which like India shares a border with Myanmar, accounts for two-thirds...

RNDP’s MPs to Ask about Land Confiscations and Unofficial Taxation in Arakan State Parliament

Published on Oct 19 2011 // News Update
Sittwe: A lawmaker from the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party says he and his colleagues will question the Arakan State Parliament on the two main issues which continue to push people in Arakan State into poverty – illegal land confiscations and taxations. “The State Parliament has informed...

China behind Myanmar’s course shift

Published on Oct 19 2011 // News Update
By Bertil Lintner CHIANG MAI – Recent developments in Myanmar, including talks between new President Thein Sein and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, a relaxation of media censorship and the release of some political prisoners, have stunned many foreign...

OVL evaluating oil and gas bids

Published on Oct 18 2011 // News Update
The ONGC subsidiary is eyeing blocks in Myanmar, Iraq and Vietnam, and will also bid for Gabon blocks Utpal Bhaskar, utpal.b@livemint.com New Delhi ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), the overseas subsidiary of India’s biggest oil explorer, Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC), plans to bid for oil and...

Indian, Myanmar leaders agree to expand cooperation in oil and gas exploration

Published on Oct 17 2011 // News Update
By Associated Press, Published: October 14 NEW DELHI — The leaders of India and Myanmar agreed Friday to expand cooperation in oil and gas exploration, open up border trade and speed up the construction of natural gas pipelines. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offered visiting Myanmar ...

China says Myanmar pipeline project continues despite dam suspension: report

Published on Oct 17 2011 // News Update
Singapore (Platts)–4Oct2011/212 am EDT/612 GMT Construction of the $2.5 billion Sino-Myanmar oil and natural gas pipelines by China National Petroleum Corp is progressing according to plan and proceeding smoothly, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday, just days after Myanmar announced...