Friday, June 7, 2013

Media Advisory: Report Launch - “One Cannot Step into the Same River Twice: Making the Kaladan Project People-Centred”



7 June 2013
Media Advisory
Press Conference: Report Launch - "One Cannot Step into the Same River Twice: Making the Kaladan Project People-Centred"
On Tuesday 11 June 2013 the Kaladan Movement will hold a press conference to launch its new report, One cannot step into the same river twice: making the Kaladan Project people-centred.
The multi-million dollar Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project - slated for completion in 2015 - will see the construction of a combined inland waterway and highway transportation system connecting Mizoram State in Northeast India with a Bay of Bengal deepsea port at Site-tway, Arakan State in western Burma. The Project, classified as development aid to Burma, is a cornerstone of India's "Look East Policy" aimed at expanding Indian economic and political influence in Southeast Asia. It is currently being constructed in Arakan and Chin States - Burma's least-developed and most poverty-prone states - where improved infrastructure is badly needed. Yet it remains an open question whether the Kaladan Project will be implemented in a way that ensures the people living along the project route are the principal beneficiaries of this large-scale infrastructure development.
One cannot step into the same river twice provides an update on the progress of the Kaladan Project, and assesses the potential Project-related benefits and negative impacts for people living in the project area. It also provides an overview of the current on-the-ground impacts, focusing on the concerns and hopes of the local people, and makes a series of recommendations to the governments of Burma and India.
The Kaladan Movement believes that the implementation of the Kaladan Project should be fully transparent, and should ensure full local public consultation and participation; the benefits of the project go to the least advantaged communities; and accountability for ALL stakeholders involved in the project. Unless and until these essential elements are fulfilled, the Kaladan Project should be suspended.
What: Press conference to launch One cannot step into the same river twice: making the Kaladan Project people-centred
When: 11:00am Tuesday 11 June 2013 (arrive at 10:30am for coffee/tea)
Where: The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand
The Penthouse, Maneeya Center
518/5 Ploenchit Road
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
+66 02-652-0580/1 (office)
E-mail: info@fccthai.com
Website: http://fccthai.com/items/1122.html
Speakers:
  • Salai Za Uk Ling, Chin Human Rights Organization Program Director
  • Twan Zaw, Arakan River Network Executive Director
  • C. Lal Remaruata, Zo Indigenous Forum Director
For more information, please contact:
Arakan Rivers Network at arakanrivers@gmail.com
Chin Human Rights Organization at info@chro.ca
About the Kaladan Movement

The Kaladan Movement is an alliance of civil-society organizations concerned about the human rights, social, economic, and environmental impacts of the Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project for local residents. The core members of the Kaladan Movement are the Arakan Rivers Network (ARN), the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) and the Zo Indigenous Forum (ZIF).

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