Indigenous rights

31 Jul 2021
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) issued a statement following the inscription of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex as World Heritage site acknowledging the World Heritage Committee's decision and emphasise that nature conservation must respect the rights of indigenous peoples to the territories they have traditionally owned and used.
28 Jul 2021
The Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex was named a natural World Heritage site during the World Heritage Committee meeting on 26 July despite ongoing concerns about human rights violations against indigenous communities in the forest area. 
16 Jul 2021
The Thai government is insisting on nominating the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex for World Heritage status despite a recommendation from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for the nomination to be postponed due to concerns regarding human rights violations against indigenous communities in the area
30 Jun 2021
Thailand’s nomination of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex for World Heritage status should once again be deferred due to concerns about violations of the rights of local indigenous communities, says the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
11 Jun 2021
MPs from the Move Forward Party (MFP) have proposed a new bill to protect indigenous rights and cultures.
17 Mar 2021
The Save Bang Kloi Coalition held a candlelight vigil last night (16 March), the 10th day of their protest at Government House, to call for justice for the indigenous Karen community at Bang Kloi, in remembrance of Lahu indigenous rights activist Chaiyaphum Pasae, who was killed at a checkpoint by military officers in 2017.  
9 Mar 2021
22 members of the Bang Kloi indigenous Karen community who were detained on Friday (5 March) were granted temporarily release by the Phetchaburi Provincial Court on Sunday (7 March).
6 Mar 2021
87 members of the Bang Kloi indigenous Karen community, who travelled back to the location of their former village in the Kaeng Krachan forest, have been forcibly taken out of the forest and arrested by park officials, police, and military officers.
27 Feb 2021
After being forcibly evacuated from their ancestral homeland in the Kaeng Krachan forest twice, the Bang Kloi indigenous Karen community has been facing community rights issues, which remain unresolved. The community is now at risk of another forced evacuation, while Thailand still has no legislation protecting indigenous rights.
19 Feb 2021
Members of the Bang Kloi indigenous Karen community and the activist Save Bang Kloi Coalition have gathered at the Chamai Maruchet Bridge for the past three days to demand protection for members of the Bang Kloi Community who returned to their ancestral home.
30 Jan 2021
Following a report that members of the Bang Kloi Karen community have returned to their ancestral land at Chai Phaen Din, the remaining community members and a network of civil society organizations have issued a statement calling for the authorities to allow the community to stay at Chai Phaen Din until a resolution is reached, and must not conduct any operation that affects them. 
29 Jan 2021
After the boundary of the Kaeng Krachan National Park was re-drawn, Wansao Phungam, a Karen indigenous villager, was charged with encroaching on national park land for farming on a piece of land which has been passed down within her family.

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