Residents in tambon Sa-iab have asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate the government over its plan to build three dams in Phrae province.
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. He said the NHRC is duty-bound to react to taxpayers' concerns.
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 Kaeng Sua Ten dam would ruin about 41,750 rai and the Mae Wong dam in Nakhon Sawan would ruin about 13,000 rai, he said.
Twenty-two dams would be built under the government's flood prevention scheme, he said.
The government has violated residents' rights by pressing ahead with the dam projects without consulting with the people, he added.
Somming Muangrong, chairman of an anti-dam committee from four villages in tambon Sa-iab, said the government had yet to explain the projects' details.