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Kuki Womens Human Right Organization on Gullu Mual Mwetaung Mining

Kuki Womens Human Right Organization on Gullu Mual Mwetaung Mining

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Published by: Zom Messenger (Media Watch) on Jun 25, 2013
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We, the undersigned, strongly condemn theplan ofdegradation ofChin State’s naturalresources due to unadulterated large-scale off-shore and on-shore mining operations.Gullu Mual/Mwe Taung Hill is characterized by a vast area of agricultural land in ChinState and is one of the nation’s surviving ecological frontiers and it remains as a cradleof biodiversity. It is also home to one of the largest population of indigenous peoples.It is a big treasure chest of both metallic and non-metallic minerals such as nickel,uranium, copper, magnetite, iron, ore, limestone, sand and gravel to name a few.To date, the Chinese mining firm NMI and the Burmese-military-backed Union ofMyanmar Economic Holdings have been extracting mineral resources specifically inBurma for decades respectively and are still planning to expand.The experiences felt by the operations of these two large companies and broughtabout destruction to the mountainous areas of Sagaing division and displacedthousands of people along with their livelihoods.Almost all of theprovinces in the Sagaing divisionand Rakhine are almost entirelycovered by overlapping mining applications at present. Such are also the cases in theChin State.In addition, residents in mining areasare put in health risks such as respiratory and skindiseases due to water and air pollution. Being a major supplier of agricultural products,the destruction of Gullu Mual/Mwe Taung Mountainand many parts in Chin Statealsoposes an impact to food security to its peoples in the long run.The entry of large, foreign-dominated mining companies goes beyond environmentalissues. It is primarily a glaring face of land grabbing.

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