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Special Economic Zones and Land Dispossession in The Mekong Region

Special economic zones (SEZs) have become a one-size-fit-all policy solution for governments eager to expand their industrial economy. Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam have all brought into the idea that SEZs will spur the development of a modern industrial sector that will form the basis of future economic growth.

As a model for development, SEZs are even more problematic when social and environmental impacts are taken into account. As this report examines, SEZs in the Mekong region are often linked with human rights violations such as land dispossession, poor working conditions and environmental degradation. As SEZs have expanded in the region, so too have social conflicts and resistance from local residents who have fought to protect their land and resources. This study will provide a basis for further discussion and help build a platform for people who have had their land rights violated to voice their concerns.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Concessions
  • Economic land concessions and plantations
  • Economy and commerce
  • Public land lease
  • SDG8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Special economic zones
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
Copyright Yes
Access and use constraints

This report is published firstly at And the post is licensed under: CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0

Version / Edition 1.0
License Creative Commons Non-Commercial (Any)

This report was published by Land Watch Thai with the support of Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southeast Asia Regional Office in October 2020. Source:

Co-author (individual) Pornpana Kuaycharoen, Luntharima Longcharoen, Phurinat Chotiwan, Kamol Sukin, Lao Independent Researchers
Publication place Thailand
Publisher Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Southeast Asia
Publication date 2020
Pagination 83
General note

License: CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0

Suggested citation: Kuaycharoen, P., Longcharoen, L., Chotiwan, P., Sukin, K., Lao Independent Researchers. (2020) Special Economic Zones and Land Dispossession in the Mekong Region. Bangkok: Land Watch Thai.

Keywords sez,industrial economy
Date uploaded June 2, 2021, 02:22 (UTC)
Date modified June 4, 2021, 07:19 (UTC)