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5 September 2013

60% of Investment Already Paid for Suspended Myitsone Dam: Chinese Developer [Myanmar]

Author: May Kha, Irrawaddy (Myanmar)

The Chinese backer of the Myitsone dam project says more than half the funds to construct the multi-billion-dollar project have already been paid to Burma…The project was suspended last year by Burma’s President Thein Sein, who faced mounting public...

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23 August 2013

‘The Momentum Is Still Good’ [Myanmar]

Author: Kyaw Zwa Moe, Saw Yan Naing, Irrawaddy (Thailand)

…After the suspension of the Chinese-backed Myitsone hydropower dam project…Beijing was forced to re-evaluate its approach to dealing with Burma…Providing arms and other support to Burma’s generals to win access to resources and other strategically...

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5 August 2013

[PDF] Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launches briefing on Myanmar

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

…Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is launching its first briefing on Myanmar: “Business & human rights in Myanmar – a round-up of recent developments”. The briefing covers the positive and negative impacts of companies operating in the...

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5 July 2013

Myanmar MP complains Myitsone question went unanswered

Author: Min Min, Mizzima (Myanmar)

Lower House MP Daw Doi Bu told Mizzima…that Myanmar’s Vice Minister of Energy did not give a full response to her question about the future of the Myitsone Dam project and, in particular, her enquiry about what will happen to hundreds of locals who...

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21 May 2013

In Meeting with NLD, Myitsone Investor Says It Hopes to Restart Project [Myanmar]

Author: Kyaw Phyo Tha, Irrawaddy (Myanmar)

The main investor in the controversial Myitsone hydropower dam in Kachin State has expressed a desire to restart the suspended project, according to members of a National League for Democracy (NLD) delegation that traveled to China…NLD Central...

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20 March 2012

Burma Army Tells Locals to Leave Myitsone Area

Author: Saw Yan Naing, The Irrawaddy

Burmese authorities have told hundreds of villagers living near the site of the suspended Myitsone hydropower dam project in Kachin State to leave the area within 10 days or face the consequences, according to a local group monitoring the project. In a...

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10 March 2012

Chinese officials call on Myanmar to restart suspended $3.6 billion power dam project

Author: Associated Press

Chinese officials have urged Myanmar’s government to restart a Chinese-backed multibillion-dollar power dam project that was suspended apparently without notice last year...The project had drawn protests from ethnic and environmental groups, and the...

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27 February 2012

Myitsone evictees begin returning home [Burma]

Author: Nay Thwin, Democratic Voice of Burma

Villagers who were among nearly 1,000 families in Kachin state forced to relocate to make way for the Myitsone dam have begun returning home, more than five months after Burmese President Thein Sein announced a suspension of the project...The...

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7 November 2011

Chinese-funded hydropower project sparks anger in Burma

Author: Andrew Higgens, Washington Post [USA]

...China has hunted far and wide in recent years for sources of power — and of profit — for state-owned corporate behemoths such as CPI. The result is a web of deals with often-repressive regimes...Amid a dramatic...opening in Burma after decades of...

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14 October 2011

Fear and uncertainty remain for villagers at Myitsone Dam site [Burma]

Author: Kachin Development Networking Group [Burma]

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…[E]quipment and supplies...

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