About the company
Sinohyrdo is a Chinese state-owned construction and hydropower company. It is involved in the construction of dams in Shan State, including the Yeywa dams and Dee Doke dam. In Karen State it is involved in the Hatgyi dam, linked to conflict and human rights violations. In Chin State, it is involved in five dams, including on the Mee Chaung river, which is in a conflict zone.
Sinoydro is also involved in the construction of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal, where the government of Bangladesh plans to force up to 1000,000 Rohingya refugees to move to.
Bhasan Char is not suitable for permanent human habitation. It floods during the monsoon, is extremely vulnerable to extreme weather events, and the area is prone to piracy.
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have stated that they do not want to be moved to such an inhospitable environment. The proposed move is also being opposed by aid agencies and human rights organisations on humanitarian and human rights grounds.
No.22 Che Gongzhuang West Road
IGE website accessed November 2018
Shan Human Rights Foundation Report 2016
The Diplomat – China’s Myanmar Dam Hypocrisy – 28th January 2017
Burma Rivers Network Website accessed November 2018
Reuters – 22nd February 2018, Floating Island – New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal
Notified 30th November 2018
Added to the Dirty List 11 December 2018
The Dirty List names international companies doing business with the military in Burma. The list also includes international companies involved in projects where there are human rights violations or environmental destruction.
In September 2018, the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar, which has been investigating human rights violations in the country, stated:
“The actions of the Tatmadaw (Burmese military) in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States, in particular in the context of the ‘clearance operations’ in northern Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017, have so seriously violated international law that any engagement in any form with the Tatmadaw, its current leadership, and its businesses, is indefensible.”