Author Archives: Aadi Samarkand

Looking back, moving forward: Reflecting on the Mekong Commons after six years

Looking back, moving forward: Reflecting on the Mekong Commons after six years

As we look back and reflect on all of this, it provides us further motivation. We are looking back so that we can move ahead.

Thailand’s electricity utility may be complicit in human rights violations in Myanmar’s Salween dams

Questions are being raised about the complicity of Thailand’s state-run power utility – EGAT under the Ministry of Energy – in serious human rights violations in the building of the massive US$10 billion Mong Ton (formerly called the Tasang) dam in the Upper Salween River in Myanmar.

Map Tha Phut industrial estate in Rayong

Environmental protection begins with protecting human rights

From ensuring access to natural resources to protection against exposure to health-damaging pollution, a clean and healthy environment and the fulfillment of human rights cannot be separated. In this Commons Comment, Carl Middleton and Aadi Samarkand argue that while there is a long way to go to in recognizing the right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia, some windows of opportunity exist.

Fishers at Chong Kneas village, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia.

Development and the Mekong Commons

In the Mekong Region, after decades of governments, donors, corporations, experts and others pursuing development, winners and losers have emerged. In this first “Commons Comment” editorial, we discuss the changing lives in the Mekong Region, new development trends, impacts on the commons, and why Mekong Commons was initiated.

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