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Dams and other projects on the Paunglaung and its tributories

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: Burma Rivers Network
Description/subject: Includes sections on the major rivers of Burma
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Rivers Network
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 19 July 2012

Individual Documents

Title: Forced Displacements and Destroyed Lives around Upper Paunglaung Dam in Shan State, Myanmar
Date of publication: October 2015
Description/subject: Introduction: "For nearly four decades, Myanmar (also known as Burma) was ruled by military-led governments that committed grave human rights violations, resulting in international economic sanctions against the country for many years.1 Beginning in 2012, however, after the liberalization of some governmental policies, Western nations lifted these sanctions. In an effort to gain ground on countries like China and India that had maintained economic ties with Myanmar during the time of the sanctions, a number of states–including Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States, and many European countries –increased development aid and allowed their businesses to operate in Myanmar for the first time in decades. This investment has been touted as a way to improve economic conditions for the people of Myanmar, one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, following years of government mismanagement, corruption, and economic sanctions that destroyed the country’s economy.2 While the opening in Myanmar has allowed foreign investment to soar and made new capital available for plantations, logging, special economic zones, deep sea ports, hydroelectric dams, and mining concessions, all of these types of projects have been associated with unlawful land confiscations from individuals and communities with little or no compensation. Economic development projects in Myanmar are causing widespread displacement and are having devastating impacts on those communities living in project locations, including human rights violations and adverse effects on livelihoods, food security, and health. For those subjected to unlawful evictions and land grabs, the consequences are dire, driving many people into poverty. Government policy has encouraged the development of these projects, and weak and unclear land policies, including some new land laws written to support investment and economic growth, have provided the government, military, and businesses with legal cover to confiscate people’s land without a transparent process for determining and awarding compensation. In the following report, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) builds on its previous research on land confiscations in Myanmar by using an epidemiological survey tool to assess the human rights, livelihood, and health impacts on communities displaced by the reservoir created by Paunglaung dam in southern Shan state..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Physicians for Human Rights
Format/size: pdf (513K-reduced version; 630K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/press/press-releases/myanmar-illegally-displaced-families-devas...
Date of entry/update: 08 October 2015

Title: Forced Displacements and Destroyed Lives around Upper Paunglaung Dam: ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္တြင္းရွိ ေပါင္းေလာင္းေရကာတာ အထက္ပိုင္
Date of publication: October 2015
Description/subject: "ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသည္ ႏွစ္ေပါင္း ၄၀ နီးပါး ႏိုင္ငံတကာ စီးပြားေရးပိတ္ဆို႔ခံရသည္အထိ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးခ်ိဳးေဖာက္မႈမ်ားကို က်ဴးလြန္ခဲ့ေသာ စစ္တပ္ဦးစီးသည့္အစိုးရအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္မႈလက္ေအာက္တြင္ က်ေရာက္ခဲ့သည္။ သို႔ေသာ္ ၂၀၁၂ ခုႏွစ္ ႏွစ္ဦးပိုင္း၌ အစိုးရ၏မူဝါဒအခ်ိဳ ႔အား ေျဖေလ်ာ့ၿပီးေနာက္ပိုင္းတြင္ အေနာက္ႏိုင္ငံမ်ားမွ ထိုပိတ္ဆို႔မႈမ်ားအား ျပန္လည္ဖြင့္လွစ္ေပးခဲ့သည္။ ႏိုင္ငံအတြင္းပိတ္ဆို႔မႈမ်ားျပဳလုပ္ထားသည့္အခ်ိန္တြင္ စီးပြားေရးအရ ႏွစ္ႏိုင္ငံဆက္ဆံမႈမ်ား ဆက္လက္တည္ရွိေနခဲ့သည့္တ႐ုတ္ႏိုင္ငံႏွင့္ အိႏၵိယႏိုင္ငံမ်ားကဲ့သို႔ပင္ ၾသစေၾတးလ်၊ ကေနဒါ၊ ဂ်ပန္၊ အေမရိကန္ႏွင့္ ဥေရာပတုိက္ရွိႏိုင္ငံမ်ားသည္ ဤႏုိင္ငံအတြင္း အေျခတည္ႏိုင္ရန္အတြက္ ဆယ္စုႏွစ္မ်ားအတြင္း ပထမဆံုုးအျဖစ္ ဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳးတိုးတက္မႈဆိုင္ရာအေထာက္အကူပစၥည္းမ်ားအား တိုးျမႇင့္ပံ့ပိုးခဲ့ၿပီး ၎တို႔၏စီးပြားေရးလုပ္ငန္းမ်ားကို လည္ပတ္ေစရန္ ခြင့္ျပဳခဲ့သည္။"
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Physicians for Human Rights
Format/size: pdf (928K-reduced verson; 1.19MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/library/reports/forced-displacements-and-destroyed-lives-around...
Date of entry/update: 08 October 2015

Title: Ordered Out: The Costs of Building Burma's Upper Paunglaung Dam
Date of publication: 2011
Description/subject: "A group of European and Chinese investors is currently building a dam to power Burma’s military capital which will force 8,000 mostly indigenous people from their homes by October this year. The forced relocation will leave villagers destitute: each household must tear down their home and abandon their farm fi elds, receiving in return just US$50 in compensation. Security for the dam project has led to increased militarization and abuse of local populations while workers constructing the dam are toiling night and day for a mere US$30 per month. Dam builders often tout the benefi ts of dams as a key to a country’s development. In Burma, nearly every day statecontrolled media boasts progress on various dam projects as a sign of success. Yet dam projects in Burma lead to an increase in militarization, exacerbate ethnic confl ict, and have been linked to forced relocations and forced labor. The Upper Paunglaung Dam is no exception. Therefore the companies involved in the project must be called on to stop this dam..."
Language: English and Burmese
Source/publisher: Kayan New Generation Youth
Format/size: pdf (1.4MB-English; 1.3MB-Burmese)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/KNGY-2011-Ordere_Out-The_Costs_of_Building_Burma_Upper_Paunglaun...
Date of entry/update: 02 March 2016