Message From Burma Rivers Network

Large dams are being constructed on all of Burma’s major rivers and tributaries by Chinese, Thai and Indian companies. The dams are causing displacement, militarization, human rights abuses, and irreversible environmental damage, threatening the livelihoods and food security of millions. The power and revenues generated are going to the military regime and neighbouring countries.

There is complete military control of energy development in Burma and no processes that allow for information disclosure, public participation or implementation of proper standards for dam-building. Neighbouring countries benefit from this situation by gaining electricity without bearing the social and environmental costs.

To ensure transparency and accountability, the recognition of rights, and social justice in energy development projects, a democratically-elected government is needed in Burma. All investments in large dam projects in Burma must be stopped until that time, when sustainable energy policies can be developed.

The Burma Rivers Network invites you to join us to protect the health and biodiversity of river ecosystems, and to protect the rights of communities negatively impacted by large-scale river development. Please contact us at or visit this website for updates on current campaigns.


Chinese dam discharge affects Mekong in Chiang Rai
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Bangkok Post 16 Sep 2017 at 16:03WRITER: CHINPAT CHAIMON CHIANG RAI: The volume of water in the Mekong River has risen rapidly following discharges... Read More...
Thailand Must Act on its Commitment to Business and Human Rights Regulations
Thursday, 14 September 2017
EARTHRIGHTS INTERNATIONAL contact: Thai Extraterritorial Obligation-Watch Working Group (Thai ETO-Watch) Teerachai Sancharoenkij Lead Organizer, Thai... Read More...
Thai investors urged to focus on human rights abroad
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
The Nation national September 12, 2017 01:00 By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM THE NATIONGovt agencies admit low awareness of critical issue. THAI OVERSEAS... Read More...
Resorts to flee overflowing dam
Sunday, 03 September 2017
Eleven Media Group Submitted by Eleven on Sat, 09/02/2017 - 17:34Writer: Min Thant The Mandalay Region authorities have announced the resorts by the... Read More...
Faced With Aid Cuts, Shan IDPs Call for Continued Suppo
Thursday, 31 August 2017
THE IRRAWADDY By THU THU AUNG 31 August 2017 YANGON — Thousands of displaced Shan have called for continued humanitarian support for refugee and... Read More...
NGO: Halt hydropower projects in Ngaw Chan Hka
Thursday, 31 August 2017
MYANMAR TIMES MYAT MOE AUNG 31 AUG 2017 The Kachin Development Networking Group on Tuesday urged all mega hydropower projects that will be built on... Read More...
Villagers warned of overflow danger at Ye Ywa
Thursday, 31 August 2017
MYANMAR TIMES KYAW KO KO 31 AUG 2017The water level at the Ye Ywa power station dam on the Dote-hta-wady River in Mandalay Region’s Pyin Oo Lwin... Read More...
Dam Project in Northern Myanmar Will Destroy Remote River Valley, Environmentalist Group Warns
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
THE IRRAWADDY By SEAMUS MARTOV 29 August 2017 A series of four dams set to be built in a remote corner of eastern Kachin State, on the upper waters... Read More...
China Is Weaponizing Water
Sunday, 27 August 2017
THE NATIONAL INTEREST Eugene K. ChowAugust 26, 2017Hidden in plain sight is an intimidating Chinese weapon that allows it to hold a quarter of the... Read More...
Is China using water as a potent weapon against India?
Thursday, 24 August 2017
WION Delhi, India Aug 23, 2017, 03.15 PM (IST) Rajesh SinghA few days ago, the Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson informed that China had... Read More...
The poverty of simple answers on Mekong hydropower
Friday, 18 August 2017 Engaging with uncertainty in the dam debatePAUL WYRWOLLLUKE TAYLORSIMON TILLEARDCOLUM GRAHAM 18 AUGUST 2017There are no ‘simple... Read More...
Tibet’s Fragile Ecosystem is in Danger. China must Change its Flawed Environmental Policy
Tuesday, 08 August 2017
CENTRAL TIBETAN ADMINISTRATION By Staff Writer By Dr Lobsang Sangay – Published in The Guardian, 7 August 2017 Rising temperatures on the roof of... Read More...
China in Talks to Sell Electricity to Myanmar
Friday, 04 August 2017
THE IRRAWADDYBy REUTERS |  4 August 2017 YANGON—Energy-hungry Myanmar is in initial talks to buy electricity from China, according to officials... Read More...
IMAGE Saving the Ngo Chang Hka Valley
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
History of the Ngo Chang Hka region The Ngo Chang Hka flows through the mountain valleys of the eastern edge of Kachin State and into the N’Mai... Read More...
IMAGE Afraid to Go Home: Recent Violent Conflict and Human Rights Abuses in Karen State
Friday, 14 November 2014
The following report was prepared by Karen Rivers Watch (KRW), a coalition of six Karen organizations focused on the environment, women, youth, human... Read More...
IMAGE One cannot step into the same river twice: making the Kaladan Project people-centred
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
This report from the Kaladan Movement provides an update on the progress of the Kaladan Project; assesses the potential Project-related benefits and... Read More...

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