Press Releases

For Immediate Release: 29 November 2011
Burma’s military-backed government is proceeding with two mega dams on Burma’s Shweli River, a major tributary of the Irrawaddy, which will forcibly displace 3,000 people and directly impact over 15,000, according to a new report released today by local researchers.

Press Release by Kachin Development Networking Group
November 15, 2011
Burma government jails traditional gold panners while launching large scale gold mining at the Irrawaddy-Myitsone

In late October, Burma’s military government beat up and jailed eleven villagers for gold-panning at the Irrawaddy Myitsone dam site, after warning locals that only the Ministry of Mining’s joint venture would be allowed to excavate for gold in the area.

For Immediate Release
2 November 2011

Burma Rivers Network (BRN) together with the Karenni Development Research Group (KDRG), representing dam-affected communities in Burma, urges the Japanese Government to investigate abuses linked to Lawpita (Baluchaung) No. 2 hydropower plant, Burma’s first major hydropower project in Karenni State, before considering any new support. The Lawpita project was funded by a Japanese reparations payment after World War II.

Press release from Kachin Development Networking Group
For Immediate Release
October 21, 2011

Burma’s mining ministry ignores public call to save the Irrawaddy, seals off Myitsone for gold excavation

Just days after Burma’s president announced the suspension of the Irrawaddy Myitsone dam due to the “will of the people,” authorities ordered the eviction of local residents to make way for the expansion of a massive government-led gold mining operation at the dam site.

October 14, 2011

Press release from Kachin Development Networking Group

Despite the announcement by Burma’s military government that the Myitsone dam will be suspended, local Kachin villagers have yet to see evidence the project will be stopped and remain fearful and uncertain about their future.

Press Release by the Karenni Development Research Group - KDRG

4 October, 2011

Dam-induced floods spur calls to suspend new Chinese dams in Burma’s Karenni State

Unprecedented releases of water from Burma’s first major hydropower dam at Moebye due to heavy rainfall have caused severe flooding around the Karenni capital, Loikaw, spurring calls by community groups to suspend construction of three large hydropower dams planned by Chinese investors in Karenni state.

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