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Press release by the communities in Shan State marking the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams: March 13, 2015

 By: Action for Shan State Rivers  

 The communities in Shan State are holding a press conference today in Taunggyi, Southern Shan State to urge the Burmese government and foreign investors to immediately stop plans to build large dams on rivers in Shan state, where conflict is escalating.

Press release by Burma Rivers Network
January 19, 2015

Community representatives from Shan, Karenni, Karen and Mon States are handing a petition today to the Myanmar Ministry of Electric Power, and to the Chinese and Thai Embassies in Yangon, urging an immediate halt to dam projects on the Salween River, which are fuelling war and violating the rights of local peoples.

FOR RELEASE – FRIDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2014
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

More than 2,000 villagers were displaced in October as fighting resumed in Karen State, the site of the world’s longest-running civil war. A report released today by Karen Rivers Watch (KRW) reveals that the outbreak of fighting – after two years of ceasefire negotiations and relative calm – appears to be part of a calculated military strategy by Burmese forces to control territory in Karen State, possibly motivated by plans to construct the Hatgyi Dam on the Salween River.

PRESS STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR RIVERS AND AGAINST DAMS: MARCH 14, 2014
By Burma Rivers Network

(33538) people from Shan, Karenni, Karen and Mon State and (131) civil society and political parties in Burma have signed a petitionurging an immediate halt to the six dams planned by the Burmese government on the Salween River, including the Kun Long/UpperThanlwin, Nong Pa, Man Taung and Tasang dams in Shan State,Ywathit dam in Karenni State and Hatgyi dam in Karen State.

Press release by Karenni Civil Society Network (KCSN) on March 14, 2014 on International Rivers Day
March 14, 2014

The Karenni Civil Society Network (KCSN) urges the Burmese government and companies from neighbouring countries to immediately suspend their plans to build hydropower dams on the Salween and other rivers in Burma. KCSN has learned that there are at least two large dams planned on the Salween in Karenni State.

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