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Save the Salween River

By Save the Salween Network  •  July 7, 2015

The Salween/Thanlwin River is the second longest river in Southeast Asia, invaluable for the survival of the ethnic people who live along it. It not only has great historical significance but is also avital lifeline nourishing a wide range of biodiversity.
We strongly believe that the efforts of the Myanmar government and some foreign companies to carry out the Salween/Thanlwindam projects will further fuel armed conflict, as they are causingincreased militarization, thereby threatening the prospects for sustainable peace desired by the ethnic peoples.
Not only will the Salween/Thanlwindam projects destroy the livelihoods of the ethnic people living along the river,they could also lead to the extinction of entire ethnic peoples, such as the Yintalei, who are already very few in number.
The majority of the electricity obtained from the Salween/Thanlwinhydropower projects will be exported, showing that the power produced is not intended to meet national orlocal needs. The plans to divert the Salween/Thanlwin river water to other regions will also have serious environmental consequences.
According to studies made by meteorological and seismic experts, the Salween/Thanlwinriver is located along a large earthquake fault line. The dams could therefore be destroyed by earthquakes at any time, which would lead to devastation downstream.
As the Salween/Thanlwin River is an international river,passing through China, Myanmar, and Thailand, unless there is atransboundary water resource management agreement, the implementation of the dam projects could also fuel hostility between these three countries.
We therefore totally oppose the dam construction projects along the Salween/ThanlwinRiver and request assistance from all in keeping the Salween/ThanlwinRiver flowing freely forever.

To contact for further questions:

1. Dr. Aung Naing Oo          0949803154 ( Myanmar, Mon, English)

2. Saw Tha Phoe                   09791607890 ( Myanmar, Karen, English)

3. Oattra Aung                      09252171819   ( Myanmar, Karenni)

4. Nang Kham Naung         09428367849   ( Myanmar, Shan)

5. U Kyar Phet                      0861984832      ( Myanmar, Lahu)

6. Sai Khur Hsen                  0808476538      ( Thai)
Supporting Organizations:

(1) Save the Salween Network
(2) Burma Rivers Network
(3) Burma Environment Working Group
(4) Ethnic Community Development Forum
(5) Karen Environment and Social Action Network
(6) Shan Sapawa Environmental Organization
(7) Mon Youth Progressive Organization
(8) Lahu National Development Organization
(9) Thousand Island Foundation
(10) Karen Rivers Watch
(11) Salween Watch
(12) Burma Campaign UK
(13) MATA working group
(14) Green Network  ( စိမ္းေရာင္စို)(15) Mee-Net ( Myanmar)
(16) MATA Working Group
(17) Our Future Initiative
(18) Health Network of Myeik District
(19) Youth Doctor Network of Myeik District
(20) Karen Women Empowerment Group
(21) ဧရာ၀တီျမစ္ထိန္းသိမ္းကာကြယ္ ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ျခင္းကြန္ယက္ ( မေကြး)
(22) Green Network Sustainable Environment Group ( Magway)
(23) Magway EITI Watch Group
(24) Hands of Unity Group ( Magway)
(25) ME Community Education Center ( Magway)
(26) Organic Agro & Farmer Affair Development Group ( PwintByu)
(27) Natural Sever Community ( PwintByu)
(28) Farmer Right & Development Organization (Magway)
(29) Myaing Youth Development Organization ,Myaing
(31) Ayar West Development Organization ,Minbu
(32) Social Care Volunteer Group,Magway
(33) Magway Youth Network
(34) Shan Human Rights Foundation
(35) Shan Youth Power
(36) Shan Farmers’ Network
(37) Shan University Students (Thailand)
(38) Shan Women’s Action Network
(39) Shan State Development Foundation
(40) Shan State Organization
(41) Shan Youth Organization
(42) Shan Youth Network Group
(43) Mong Ton-Na Kawng Moo-Pong Pa Kham River Protection Group
(44) Mong Pan River Protection Group
(45) ToomToan Tai
(46) Worker Solidarity Association
(47) Shan Refugee Committee
(48) Thuriya Sandra
(49) Karen Environment Network
(50) Peace and Justice
(51) Kachin Peace Network
(52) Kachin Women Peace Network
(53) Saw Moe Myint (Environmentalist)
(54) Myanmar Green Network
(56) REAN
(57) UKSY (Union of Karenni State Youth)
(58) AASYC (All Arakan Student’s and Youth’s Congress)
(59) ARN (Arakan River Network)
(60) Sa Shine (Youth Development Activits)
(61) April KyuKyu (Environmentalist)
(62) POINT (Promoting of Indigenous and Nature Together)
(63) ZinYawgyi@gmail.com
(64)The Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM)
(66)စိမ္းေရာင္စို ( တံတားဦး)
(68)Born After 88
(69) Women and Peace Action Network ( Shan State)
(70)ရွမ္းျပည္ မ်ိဳးဆက္သစ္
(71)Human Rights Foundation of Mon Land (72) Women Initiative Network for Peace
(74)ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရး လူငယ္အဖြဲ႔ နတ္တလင္း
(75)ဥေပကၡာ လူမႈေရးအဖြဲ႔ ေပါင္းတည္
(76)ျဖဴ  စင္အလင္းေရာင္ ပညာဒါန ေပါင္းတည္
(78)သဘာ၀ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ ထိမ္းသိမ္းေရးကာကြယ္ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေရးအဖြဲ႔ ပင္ေလာင္း
(79)သဘာ၀ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ ထိမ္းသိမ္းေရးကာကြယ္ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေရးအဖဲြ႔ တီက်စ္
(80)ေပါင္းေလာင္း လူငယ္ကြန္ယက္
(81)ေတာင္သူလယ္သမားႏွင့္ေျမယာလုပ္သားမ်ားသမဂၢ ပင္ေလာင္း
(82)ေတာင္သူလယ္သမားႏွင့္ေျမယာလုပ္သားမ်ားသမဂၢ  နမ့္စမ္
(83)ေတာင္သူလယ္သမားႏွင့္ေျမယာလုပ္သားမ်ားသမဂၢ  ( ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ)
(84)ေျမိဳ့ ေတာင္သူကြန္ယက္
(85)Rights and Peace ကေလးျမိဳ့
(87)COMREG Community Response Group
(88)ေဒသဖြံ႔ျဖိဳးမွဳ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေရးအဖြဲ႔
(89)သဘာသပတ္၀န္းက်င္ကာကြယ္ထိန္းသိမ္းေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေရးအဖြဲ႔ ( ကေလာ)
(90)အေျခခံစုိက္ပ်ိဳးေရးႏွင့္ေတာင္သူလယ္သမားမ်ားသမဂၢ ( ေနာင္ခ်ိဳ) ရွမ္းေျမာက္
(91) မိုင္းတုံ/ မိုင္းပန္ လူငယ္ကြန္ယက္
(92) သဘာ၀ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ထိန္းသိမ္း ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေရးအဖြဲ႔ ( ရြာငံ)
(93) ေတာင္သူေျမယာသမဂၢ ( ရြာငံ)
(94) ရွမ္းစာေပႏွင့္ ယဥ္ေက်းမႈအဖဲြ႔ ( ေနာင္မြန္-ဆီဆိုင္ျမိဳ့နယ္)
(95) ပန္းပ်ိဳ လက္ပညာေရးအေထာက္အကူျပဳအဖြဲ႔ (မုိးၾကိဳးပစ္-ေမျမိဳ့)
(96) KSNG(Karen Student Network Group)
(97) KHRG(Karen Humen Rights Group)
(98) KWO (Karen Women Organization)
(99) KYO
(100) KORD(Karen Office of Relief and Development)
(101) KPSN (Karen Peace Network)
(102) Youth Circle
(103) TSYU(Ta Aung Student and Youth Union)
(104) ပ်ိဳးခင္းသစ္ေဖာင္ေဒးရွင္း ( မအူပင္)
(105) ျမစ္ေကြ႔ဧရာ ( မေကြး)
(106) ပေဒသာမုိး
(107) အစိမ္းေရာင္ပုံရိပ္ ( ပုလိပ္)
(108) စိမ္းေရာင္စုိ ( ကသာ)
(109) KDNG (Kachin Development Networking Group)
(110) Myit Tar A Yape Non-profit Clinic
(111) Colors Rainbow
(112) Equality Myanmar
(113) United ACT
(114) Triangle Women Group
(115) Mae Tao Clinic
(116) စိမ္းလမ္းျပင္ဦးလြင္
(117) ဘာသာေပါင္းစုံျငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးကြန္ရက္ ( ျပင္ဦးလြင္)
(118) Green Life စစ္ကိုင္း
(119) Freeland Organization
(120) ကြမ္းျခံကုန္းကြန္ရက္
(121) တြံေတးလူငယ္ကြန္ရက္
(122) Karen Student’s Center

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