Development or Destruction? The Human Rights Impacts of Hydropower Development on Villagers in Southeast Myanmar

Myanmar needs to acknowledge and address a number of salient concerns if it going to use hydropower to meet its future electricity needs. Most of Myanmar’s abundant hydropower resources are located in ethnic areas, particularly Kayin, Kayah, Kachin, and Shan States, all of which are sites of ongoing ethnic conflicts and armed tension. In many cases, development of large dams in ethnic areas has resulted in conflict, severe social and environmental impacts for local communities and human rights violations. The overwhelming majority (42 of 50) of large hydropower projects planned in Myanmar in recent years have been situated in ethnic areas. With many more projects slated for development in these areas, this report highlights how hydropower projects impact ethnic communities in Southeast Myanmar.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Topics
  • Energy
  • Hydropower dams
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Myanmar
Copyright Yes
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This report is published by KHRG and KRW, © KHRG and KRW 2018. All rights reserved. Contents may be reproduced or distributed on a not-for-profit basis or quotes for media and related purposes, but reproduction for commercial purposes requires the prior permission of KHRG and KRW. The final version of this report was originally written in English language and then translated into Burmese. This report is not for commercial sale.

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Karen Human Rights Group Email : khrg@khrg.org

Co-author (coorporate) Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) and Karen River Watch (KRW)
Publication place Myanmar
Publisher Karen Human Rights Group and Karen Rivers Watch
Publication date 2018
Pagination 32
Keywords Conflict,Displacement,Peace Process,Hydropower & Dams
Date uploaded July 12, 2018, 08:40 (UTC)
Date modified December 10, 2019, 04:18 (UTC)