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 or visit this website for updates on current campaigns.


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Voices of the Dammed

Development in Burma

Thai Investor/Company Profiles
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Other Investor/Company Profiles
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Chinese Investor/Company Profiles
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Burmese Investor/Company Profiles
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Hydropower Guidelines
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
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Tuesday, 19 August 2008
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