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Profits from forests and extractive industries, including oil and gas, are a major source of revenue for the Myanmar military. Panelists will discuss the military’s control of, and commercial gain from, the country's vast natural resources. They will discuss the mechanisms used by civil society groups and the ethnic communities to monitor the junta’s commercial trade of these resources, and to document the resulting human rights abuses. The panelists will outline what the EU and the international community can do to combat these wide scale abuses and exploitation of natural resources, and to support the communities struggling to protect themselves and their land.


Paul Sein Twa Karen

Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN)

KESAN is a community-based, non-governmental, non-profit organization that works to improve livelihood security and to gain respect for indigenous people’s knowledge and rights in Karen State of Burma, where the violence and inequities of more than 60 years of civil war have created one of the most impoverished regions in the world.


Faith Doherty

Environmental Investigation Agency

Faith Doherty has been investigating environmental crime for over 2 decades. Faith works with civil society across SE Asia, Europe and the United States focusing on forest governance and rights. She currently leads the Forest Campaign for the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and has been focused on the illicit trade of teak and other hardwoods from Myanmar to international markets for the past 10 years.


Marco Simons

EarthRights International (ERI)

Marco Simons oversees ERI’s use of legal strategies to work with communities around the world in protecting their human rights and their environment.


Moderated by Jeanne Hallacy.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    65 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    all ages