Damming at Gunpoint

Burma Army Atrocities Pave the Way for Salween Dams in Karen State
Karen Rivers Watch

As Thailand proceeds with plans to join Burma´s military regime in building a series of dams on the Salween River to gain "cheap" electricity, this report reveals the atrocities being inflicted on the people of Northern Karen State to pave the way for two of the planned dams. The Upper Salween (Wei Gyi) Dam and Lower Salween (Dar Gwin) Dam are planned to be built on the river where it forms the border between Thailand´s Mae Hong Son province and Burma´s Karen State. Together they will produce about 5,300 MW of electricity. It is estimated that the reservoir for the Upper Dam will stretch for 380 kilometers inside Karen and Karenni States of Burma.