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Myanmar: Myanmar Peace Talks Must Address Natural Resource Management

24 May 2017

Source: Global Witness

On the eve of national peace talks in Myanmar, civil society groups  from across the country today released a statement calling for a new approach to address management of the country’s precious natural resources, one of the root causes of the decades-long civil conflict.  Representing over 135 different groups from across the country – from the...

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Climate Change: NATO Countries Worry Trump Will undo Climate Progress, Drafts Show

23 May 2017

Source: Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News

NATO's member countries published a series of draft reports this week highlighting the economic and security risks posed by climate change, and encouraging nations to stand by their international climate commitments. The reports, released ahead of a NATO summit on Thursday, also raise concerns that the Trump administration may undermine global efforts to tackle the...

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Cambodia/Myanmar/Vietnam: Land Disputes Cloud Fast-Developing Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar

22 May 2017

Source: Straits Times

In countries like Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, where weak legal systems are often accompanied by land tenures that are insecure, or difficult to obtain, tens of thousands stand to be evicted from their homes and farmland with little compensation and sometimes few other ways to make a living.

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Malawi/Mozambique: Water Wars Worry Lake Chiuta Fishers

22 May 2017

Source: James Chavula, The Nation

Malawian fishers on Lake Chiuta have lamented frequent armed attacks from their Mozambican neighbours despite efforts to end the conflict. The communities surrounding the 200-square-kilometre lake, located on the south-eastern border between Malawi and Mozambique, say there is no end in sight for the conflict in which three Malawians have sustained gunshot wounds.

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Iraq/Kurdistan: Boundary between Iraq, Kurdish Territory Divides Communities

22 May 2017

Source: Balint Szlanko, Associated Press

Since 2014, Iraq’s Kurds have expanded the territory they control by about half at the expense of Iraq. The status of some of these areas, such as the city of Kirkuk, is supposed to be decided by plebiscite under Iraq’s constitution. Others, including most of the governorate of Nineveh, technically belong to Iraq.

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Myanmar: Committee Will Probe Khamti Jade Mine Conflict

20 May 2017

Source: Aung Ko Oo, Mizzima

An inquiry has been launched to look in to the conflicts that happened on May 17 between the local police force and jade scavengers in Makyankha jade mine workplace, Khamti jade mine in Sagaing Region that led to the death of three scavengers. Region Police Force Deputy Chief Pol. Col. Kyaw Kyaw Tun will act...

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Colombia: Major Politicians in Colombia Accused of Illegal Land Grabbing

20 May 2017

Source: Michelle Begue, CGTN

Former Colombian President, Alvaro Uribe Velez has been accused of accumulating land meant for less fortunate farmers.The Comptroller General’s report, which compiled evidence from 2013 to 2015, shows 33 cases of alleged illegal accumulation of uncultivated lands. Uribe and Colombia’s current Minster of Agriculture along with his predecessor are among those accused of land grabbing.

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Liberia: CFMB, CFDC Union Want Lawmakers Pass Land Rights Bill

19 May 2017

Source: Robin Dopoe, Liberian Observer

The continued delay by lawmakers to pass into law the 2014 Land Rights Bill, which calls for the protection of community land, among other things, has claimed the attention of two civil society groups, the Community Forest Management Body (CFMB) and the Community Forestry Development Committee (CFDC), who believe that if the law is passed, it...

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South Sudan: NGO Blames Water Pollution in S.Sudan on Oil Company

19 May 2017

Source: Daniel Pelz, Detusche Welle

Drinking water around an oil-producing area in South Sudan is heavily polluted. A German NGO puts the blame on Malaysian oil company Petronas. It has also become a subject of embarrassment for carmaker Daimler.

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Sudan/South Sudan: S. Sudan Calls for Pushing Sudan on Resolving Abyei Issue

19 May 2017

Source: Xinhua

South Sudan on Friday called on the UN to push Sudan on quickly resolving the issues on the status of the contested oil-rich Abyei region after the UN Security Council gave a six-month ultimatum on May 15. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Mawien Makol told Xinhua that there was need for quick action by the...

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