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Myanmar: Fears of more conflicts and human rights abuses around French energy giant EDF’s Shweli 3 dam project

A report alleges that French energy giant EDF is “ignoring the wishes of local people” and is pushing through with the Shweli 3 dam project despite the fears of conflict and human rights abuses that could result from it.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited EDF to respond to the allegations. The report and EDF’s response is linked below.

 

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Company response
31 October 2019

EDF's response

Author: EDF

Currently, the Shwe Li 3 hydropower project is in its development phase. This means EDF aims to determine all key conditions including, but not limited, to human rights risks, environmental and social risks and understanding concerns and suggestions of communities within the project area. Based on these findings, EDF and its partners will be able to determine action plans required to manage risks and impact ensuring human rights risk are not further exacerbated.

The safety of the people living in the vicinity of EDF's projects, as well maintaining, or improving their livelihoods and standards of living is a primary priority for the group. We are fully aware of the sensitivity of Human Rights issues in Myanmar, and have taken the necessary measures to analyze the issue, and ensure that our partners, contractors, and relevant authorities are well informed of our standards, commitment, and position on Human Rights issues in Myanmar.

To that effect, we have highlighted the following actions initiated prior to the publication and release of Burma Campaign:

• Since the signature of the Notice To Proceed for Shweli 3 project (September 2018), EDF and its partners have implemented studies to identify and then avoid or reduce E&S impacts of the project...
• Since early 2019, the project has launched a comprehensive study regarding the potential impacts in the area downstream of the dam...
• The project consortium has been preparing over the last months, among other studies, a comprehensive Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management study...
• Previous engagement made with communities included preliminary meetings whereby communities raised questions and concerns regarding compensation, livelihood support, and community development programs...
• As part of this Stakeholders Engagement Plan, the consortium is preparing a comprehensive grievance redress mechanism that will ensure transparency and enable to understand and receive concerns from the communities in the area...

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31 October 2019

Myanmar: Group urges EDF to withdraw from Shweli 3 dam project because of potential link with human rights violations

Author: Burma Campaign UK

EDF - No more dams in Burma's conflict zones - Pull out of Shweli 3, 24 Oct 2019

Burma Campaign UK today called on French energy giant EDF to pull out of the Shweli 3 dam project in Burma, and make a commitment not to become involved in dam projects in Burma’s conflict zones…

The Ta’ang Students and Youth Union has stated: “The implementation of the Shweli 3 dam will threaten the lives of local people, prolong wars and jeopardise the peace process.”

Dozens of grassroots civil society organisations have called for a moratorium on dams and other major developments in ethnic states at the current time because of the link between large scale projects and conflict and human rights violations.

Burma Campaign UK has already place EDF on the ‘Dirty List’ of international companies linked to Burma’s military or to human rights violations and/or environmental destruction in Burma. EDF has not responded to correspondence from Burma Campaign UK.

“EDF is ignoring the wishes of local people and going ahead with a dam that they know will fuel conflict and human rights violations,” said Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK. “EDF must make a commitment not to invest in dams in Burma’s conflict zones.”

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