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 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 brn.burmariversnetwork@gmail.com or visit this website for updates on current campaigns.

 

Myanmar power plans could spare the Salween
Monday, 12 February 2018
ASIA TIMES Newly announced plans to build four major gas-fired power plants could save the pristine river from environmentally destructive... Read More...
IMAGE Cambodian Village Now Fully Submerged by Lower Sesan 2 Dam
Saturday, 03 February 2018
February 2, 2018  Homes, land, school, temple, ritual sites, riverbank gardens and fishing grounds all underwater Location: Stung Treng, Cambodia Read More...
Following Dam Cancellation, Myanmar Can Lead On Sustainable Energy
Friday, 26 January 2018
Forbes Jan 25, 2018 @ 11:01 AM Jeff Opperman , Contributor I cover the intersection of energy development and river conservation Opinions... Read More...
IMAGE MP calls for prompt repair of three damaged dams
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Eleven Media Group Submitted by Eleven on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:18 Writer: Kaung Khant Lin (Monywa) One of the three dams in Pinlebu Township,... Read More...
IMAGE Groups blast planned hydropower project in Shan State
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
MYANMAR TIMES Staff | 16 Jan 2018 A man rows a boat on Inle Lake in Nyaung Shwe township, southern Shan State, in 2016. Aung Khant/The Myanmar... Read More...
China is stealthily waging a water war
Monday, 15 January 2018
THE GLOBAL AND MAIL BRAHMA CHELLANEYSPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAILPUBLISHED 2 DAYS AGOUPDATED JANUARY 12, 2018Brahma Chellaney is the author of Water:... Read More...
Brahma Chellaney: Water shortages pose a threat to Asia's peace and stability
Friday, 12 January 2018
NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW January 11, 2018 10:00 am JST Soaring demand and climate change are exacerbating a fraught situation In recent weeks, one of the... Read More...
IMAGE China flexes its control on the Mekong
Friday, 12 January 2018
ASIA TIMES This week's Mekong-Lancang Cooperation summit did more to facilitate Beijing's economic penetration than address the waterway's many... Read More...
IMAGE China, Asia leaders discuss Mekong dam projects
Friday, 12 January 2018
The Asahi Shimbun THE ASSOCIATED PRESS January 11, 2018 at 11:50 JST Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks during the opening of the Mekong-Lancang... Read More...
By denying river water data to us, Beijing is using the resource as a tool of coercive diplomacy
Friday, 12 January 2018
Hindustan Times To deflect attention from its continuing dam-building frenzy and its refusal to enter into a water-sharing treaty with any neighbour,... Read More...
Rival Karen Armed Groups Continue Latest Round of Fighting
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
THE IRRAWADDY   By Nyein Nyein | 9 January 2018 YANGON — Fresh fighting broke out in a remote part of Karen State on Monday between two ethnic... Read More...
IMAGE China's dam policy drowning out Mekong's small fish
Tuesday, 09 January 2018
DAWN AFP January 08, 2018 This photo shows a fisherman pulling his net in the Mekong river — AFP   Cambodian fisherman Sles Hiet lives at the... Read More...
IMAGE Chinese-backed Megaprojects in Myanmar Continue to Raise Ire of Residents
Saturday, 16 December 2017
RFA 2017-12-14   Members of Myanmar's Committee to Protect Mount Letpadaung try to submit a letter of protest against the Chinese-operated... 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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