Kaeng Krachan National Park
The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia is concerned with the lack of progress on the investigation of the enforced disappearance of prominent Karen human rights defender Mr Pholachi “Billy” Rakchongcharoen who has been missing for four years. Billy was last seen when he was arrested by Kaengkrachan Park officials on 17 April 2014 for allegedly possessing illegal bottles of wild honey.
The Thai Administrative Court has ruled that national park officers did not break the law in burning the houses of members of the Karen ethnic minority in Kaeng Krachan National Park.
The Administrative Court of Thailand has acquitted National Park authorities accused of burning down the houses of a Karen ethnic minority village in an attempt to evict them, saying that the Karen encroached into protected areas. According to the Daily News, the Central Administrative Court at 10 am on Monday, 8 February 2016, acquitted the Department of National Parks and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of malfeasance charges.
The Karen tribes living in protected areas and national parks of western Thailand are worried about losing their livelihoods and being sidelined when the areas are declared a UNESCO natural world heritage site.
(BANGKOK, 16 APRIL 2015) - The United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) reiterated concerns about the lack of progress inthe investigation on the enforced disappearance of Mr. Pholachi
The Appeal Court has dismissed a request to hold an emergency trial to find ‘Billy’, a Karen human rights activist who disappeared in April 2014, citing lack of evidence.
The Thai Police pressed charge against civil servants suspected of taking parts in the unlawful detention of the disappeared Karen activist Billy while Billy’s wife pressed the Thai authorities to investigate the allegedly unlawful detention prior to his disappearance.