Kraisak Choonhavan, conservationist, human rights activist
Thai conservationist and human rights activist Kraisak Choonhavan has long campaigned against hydroelectric dams. Dr Kraisak, an academic for 20 years before he entered politics with the Democratic Party, was a member of the Thai Senate from 2001 to 2006 and served as chair of its foreign relations committee. Dr Kraisak is president of the Bangkok-based Freeland Foundation, which campaigns against wildlife and human trafficking in Myanmar and the region, and is a senior advisor to Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission, which has been investigating the role of Thai companies in plans to build dams on the Thanlwin (Salween) River. Mizzima Weekly’s Geoffrey Goddard sat down with Dr Kraisak for a wide-ranging discussion about dams and Thailand’s energy policy.
Myanmar is making feasibility study on six hydropower projects on the Thanlwin River as part of its efforts to meet the increased electricity demand of the country, official media reported Friday.
Lower House MP Daw Doi Bu told Mizzima on Friday that Myanmar’s Vice Minister of Energy did not give a full response to her question about the future of the Myitsone Dam project and, in particular, her enquiry about what will happen to hundreds of locals who were relocated to make way for the China-backed mega-dam.