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.


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Monday, 15 May 2017
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Monday, 15 May 2017
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Friday, 12 May 2017
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Where Does Burma Stand on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road?’
Friday, 12 May 2017
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Activists, local residents call for suspension of all dams on the Salween
Thursday, 11 May 2017
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Hunger for Tibet
Monday, 08 May 2017
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Sunday, 07 May 2017
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Exclusive: China seeks up to 85 percent stake in strategic port in Myanmar
Sunday, 07 May 2017
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Thursday, 04 May 2017
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NGOs offering green technology to Myanmar may help improve China’s image abroad
Thursday, 04 May 2017
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NGOs call for work to stop on Yunnan dam that may wipe out China’s last green peafowl habitat
Wednesday, 03 May 2017
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China's Huge Dam Projects Will Threaten Southeast Asia As Water Scarcity Builds Downstream
Wednesday, 03 May 2017
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Villagers continue protests against Myitsone
Monday, 01 May 2017
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Friday, 14 November 2014
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IMAGE One cannot step into the same river twice: making the Kaladan Project people-centred
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
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IMAGE Chronology of the Myitsone Dam at the Confluence of Rivers above Myitkyina
Monday, 27 May 2013
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