8 Apr 2016
An unidentified gunman has shot an activist who is a key witness to the murder of a land rights activist in southern Thailand. Supot Kansong, 42, a villager of Khlong Sai Pattana Community in Chai Buri District of Surat Thani, was ambushed by an unidentified gunman at around 3 pm on Friday, 8 April 2016. Supot was injured in the right thigh, hip and leg, but survived. He is currently being treated at Chai Buri Hospital. He was shot as he was driving back to the village after the tires of his car burst because nails had been spread on the road leading to the village.
1 Apr 2016
The military have visited the home of a community rights activist in the northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon after she campaigned for the right of rubber farmers whose rubber trees were cut down by the military under the policy to evict farmers from protected areas.
16 Feb 2016
Update: At least 100 more police and military officers were deployed at Khao Luang Tambon (Subdistrict) Administration Organization office at about 10 am on Tuesday to maintain order. At 10:20 am, Samai Pakmee, the chief of Khao Luang TAO council, informed the villagers that the meeting to finalise the renewal of a mining concession for Tungkam mining company will be postponed until further notice. The Thai authorities deployed officers to bar anti-mine villagers to enter a meeting over renewing a mining concession.
15 Feb 2016
Thai authorities should urgently investigate the violent attacks and forced evictions against indigenous Chao Lay, known as sea gypsies, in Phuket province and bring those responsible to justice, Human Rights Watch said today. The Thai government is obligated under international law to protect the rights of all people within the country.
12 Feb 2016
(Geneva/London/Paris/Brussels, 11 February 2016) - On the first anniversary of the death of land rights activist Chai Bunthonglek, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Amnesty International (AI), FIDH and OMCT within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Protection International (PI)renew calls on the Royal Thai government to ensure justice for the crimes against Chai Bunthonglek and other members of the Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT) - a community-based land rights organization.
11 Feb 2016
Seafarer tribes in southern Thailand facing eviction have submitted a petition to the Ministry of Justice calling for rights over their home. Members of the seafarer community in Mueang District of the southern province of Phuket on Thursday, 11 February 2016, met Tawatchai Thaikeaw, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Justice Ministry.
9 Feb 2016
After years of fighting for rights over land and resources, communities living on disputed land or standing on the way of state megaprojects are to be left destitute under the new draft constitution written by the junta-appointed Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC).
12 May 2015
In May 2014 Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha stated that he wanted “to create an enabling environment that would facilitate the holding of elections” which “ will be free and fair, so that [it] can become a solid foundation for a complete Thai democracy”. Unfortunately in practice the human rights situation in Thailand is moving in the opposite direction and every action by the military government seems to have the specific purpose of silencing dissent and eliminating any effective opposition.
18 Dec 2014
Community rights groups have urged the junta not to ignore community rights and to reconsider their forest protection policies after nearly 1,800 families, most of them in Thailand’s North and Northeast, have been severely affected.