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Thailand: Commission to probe dam complaints

Residents in tambon Sa-iab have asked the National Human Rights Commission to investigate government plans to build three dams in Phrae province.

Residents in tambon Sa-iab have asked the National Human Rights Commission to investigate government plans to build three dams in Phrae province.

Thailand: Commission to probe dam complaints

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Fishermen at the junction of the Yom River and the Nan River

Residents in tambon Sa-iab have asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate government plans to build three dams in Phrae province, the Bangkok Post reported.

The residents say the dams will harm their livelihoods and the local ecology.

Their representatives yesterday submitted a complaint to NHRC member Niran Pithakwatchara.

The government plans to construct the Kaeng Sua Ten dam and two other dams on the upper and lower Yom River in tambon Sa-iab of Phrae's Song district.

Mr Niran, who attended a seminar on human rights violations in Chiang Mai where residents approached him, promised to look into the complaint.

Wasant Chompakdee, a speaker at the seminar, said the government's 350-billion-baht water management and flood prevention project would harm the river's ecology and cause problems for residents.

Prasittiporn Kalaonsri, an environmental activist, said the water scheme would also destroy vast areas of forest.

The government had also violated residents' rights by pressing ahead with the dam projects without consulting with the people, he added.

Date: 15 February 2013

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