Sinlung /
28 May 2012

Zo Indigenous Forum Submits Memo To PM

Imphal, May 28 : Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Myanmar, Zo Indigenous Forum, an indigenous organisation in Mizoram and Burma Center Delhi submitted memorandum to the prime minister of India on the current construction on Indo-Burma link road Kaladan Multi Modal Transport Project in Mizoram and Burma.

Appreciating the PM's visit to Myanmar, the ZIF memo highlighted it is the most appropriate time for India to show its sincere commitment for democracy in Burma while the country is going through political reforms.

It also highlighted concern of those drawing examples from the past where construction and infrastructure projects in Burma have been associated with forced labor, land confiscation, and other serious human rights and labor violations, governments of both the countries must ensure that international and domestic standards are followed in the Kaladan Project and must benefit the people.

Social and environmental impact assessments must be conducted and local community on both sides (India and Burma) must be informed on the possible impacts (negative and positive) of the project.

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