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For Immediate Release
December 21, 2010

Over 1,000 forced to ‘celebrate’ completion of Irrawaddy dam relocation site

Over one thousand people were forced to join a ceremony today celebrating the completion of the “Myitsone Aung Mye Thar Model Village,”a relocation site for those displaced by the planned Myitsone dam in Kachin State which will block the Irrawaddy River for the first time and impact millions living along Burma’s main waterway.

Press release

December 14, 2010

New dam in China disrupts river trade at major Burma border crossing

A recently built hydropower dam on the Longjiang River in China's Yunnan Province is causing severe disruption to thousands of villagers relying on cross-border trade in Burma's northern Shan State, according to a new report by local Shan researchers.

2010 elections will leave people of Burma in the dark

5 November 2010

Despite the Burmese military regime’s claims that the entire country will enjoy electricity after the 2010 election, its national power development plans, set to be rubberstamped by its incoming proxy government, spell otherwise. The vast majority of the country’s natural resources are destined for export, not for nationwide electrification.

August 9, 2010

Statement by the Karenni Development Research Group (KDRG)
Karenni people oppose new Salween dam plans by SPDC and Chinese investors

On the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the Karenni national resistance movement, the KDRG strongly denounces the new plans by the Burmese military regime and Chinese investors to build a giant hydropower dam on the Salween River in Karenni State.

Salween rally calls on Burma’s neighbors to halt dam plans
March 15, 2010

Contact: Sai Sai, +(66) 897557354

Hundreds of villagers from both Burma and Thailand joined affected peoples from around the world in marking International Day of Action for Rivers yesterday as plans by China, Thailand and India steam ahead to dam all of Burma’s major rivers.

Press Release
March 2, 2010
Contact: Ahnan, (66)848854154, 

China silent to appeals from across the globe to halt dam on Irrawaddy River

Ignoring its stated commitments to social responsibility in foreign investment projects, the Chinese government has failed to reply to numerous public appeals from affected peoples and petitions submitted by overseas Kachin to Chinese embassies in five countries to stop the Irrawaddy-Myitsone dam project in Kachin State, Burma.

Press Release
December 21, 2009

Black day for Burma’s Irrawaddy: junta ministers host Myitsone dam “celebration”

Hundreds of local villagers were forced to greet the Minister of Electric Power and Minister of Energy today at an official “celebration” ceremony to launch the construction of China’s Myitsone dam, which will block the Irrawaddy River for the first time and impact millions living along Burma’s main waterway.
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