Press Releases

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.

Press release from Burma Rivers Network
September 30, 2011

Burma Rivers Network demands official cancellation by China Power Investment of not only Myitsone but all seven Irrawaddy dams

The Burma Rivers Network (BRN) is encouraged by news that President Thein Sein plans to stop the construction of the Irrawaddy Myitsone Dam, but urges the people of Burma to demand an official declaration and pull-out of all personnel and equipment from the dam site by the project-holder, China Power Investment (CPI). BRN also urges continued pressure on the military government and the CPI to immediately cancel the other 6 mega-dams planned on the Irrawaddy source rivers, which will have the same devastating impacts on the country.

Press Release
September 16, 2011
Burma Rivers Network
Don't let the Irrawaddy River become another Mekong

Escalating unrest among downstream communities over the impacts of China’s Mekong dams is a clear warning of what lies in store for Burma if the Irrawaddy dam project goes ahead.

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