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Organization Name Arakan Rivers Network (ARN)
Contact person Ko Saw Twan
Contact Address P.O Box-135, Mae Sot, Tak-63110, Thailand
Contact Email arakanrivers@gmail.com
Contact Phone
Website www.arakanrivers.org
Establishment (Year) 2009
Registration status Preparing to register / ၿပင္ဆင္ဆဲ
Function of Organization others
Type of Organization Community Based Organization
Sectors Agriculture (လယ္ယာစိုက္ပ်ိဳးေရး), Capacity building (စြမ္းေဆာင္ရည္ ျမွင့္တင္ျခင္း), Research /advocacy (သုေတသနနွင့္ စည္းရံုးလႈံ႕ေဆာ္ၿခင္း), Environment (သဘာဝပတ္ဝန္းက်င္), Social and economic (လူမႈေရးနွင့္စီးပြားေရး), Human Rights (လူ ့အခြင့္အေရး)
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States or Regions Rakhine (ရခုိင္)
Township
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<div>The Arakan Rivers Network (ARN) was founded in July 2009 by the All
Arakan Students’ and Youths’ Congress (AASYC) as an emergency response
to the challenging calls to sustain the use of water resources vital for
the livelihoods of waterside dwellers.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Spurred
by profit motive alone, transnational corporations have aggressively
sought to exploit our natural resources. This is pursued with the
backing of Burma’s notorious dictators, who in turn enjoy the
opportunity to expand their military and entrench their power with the
revenue generated from foreign investments.</div><div><br></div><div>Thus,
the potential implications of such projects are manifold, affecting
important social, cultural, and economic aspects of local people’s
lives. &nbsp;This will take place as ecosystems are adversely changed and the
junta’s oppression of democratic forces is intensified. &nbsp;Summarised in
one word, these projects amount to a “curse” for the Burmese people.</div><div><br></div><div>The
ARN’s information collectors, researchers and report writers have been
monitoring the progress of so-called development projects along Arakan’s
rivers since early 2007. &nbsp;We endeavour to inform both local and
international communities about the detrimental impacts of these
projects on the powerless people whose lives are affected but not
improved by such “development”. ARN is open to the participation of all
Arakanese people, regardless of their sex, colour, religion, or
political affiliation; it is dedicated to the common good of humanity.<br><br></div><b>Vision of ARN,</b>&nbsp;<strong><br><br></strong>We
envisage a future where the people of Arakan have the knowledge and the
right to protect their rivers from destruction, enjoying total
sovereignty over their main source of food and means of travel.<strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <br><br>Mission of ARN</strong><ul><li>To
educate and inform local and international communities about
development projects with seemingly negative impacts on the local people
and environment<br></li></ul><ul><li>To ensure that the voices of
affected people are heard by establishing systematic networks, and
endeavouring to secure as much media coverage as possible on relevant
themes</li></ul><ul><li>Prevent the exploitation of Arakan’s Rivers for
profit motive alone, by ensuring that all responsible parties are held
to internationally recognised labour and environmental standards</li></ul><ul><li>Provide
concrete evidence of the Burmese military regime’s incompetence and
mismanagement of natural resources, and failure to pay any heed to
public well-being</li></ul></div>
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