22 Mar 2017
After almost a decade-long legal battle, the Supreme Court has dismissed lawsuits against 2 members of the Karen ethnic minority in northern Thailand accused of land encroachment. On 22 March 2017, the Provincial Court of Mae Sot District in Tak Province dismissed the case against Nohaemui Wiangwicha and Dipaepo or Dipaepho, two members of the Karen ethnic minority of Ban Mae Omki, Mae Wa Luang Subdistrict, Tha Song Yang District, Tak Province.
7 Sep 2016
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.
18 Apr 2016
The two-year-long investigation into a Karen activist’s disappearance has made no progress.
8 Feb 2016
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.
28 Aug 2015
A mother is suing the Thai Ministry of Defence and the Royal Thai Army over the death of her son, who was allegedly tortured by army officers shortly before his death. According the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCf), a CSO promoting human rights and cultural diversity, on Wednesday morning, 26 August 2015, the Civil Court of Bangkok, Ratchadaphisek Road, heard testimony from plaintiff witnesses in the case of the alleged torture of Somchai Si-ueangdoi.
3 Aug 2015
UNHCR has devised a plan to send refugees from camps in Thailand back to their homes in Myanmar on a voluntary basis while some refugee representatives said that they were not involved in the plan.
20 Apr 2015
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.
29 Jan 2015
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.
24 Oct 2014
The event was held on 18 October 2014 to commemorate the disappearance of prominent Karen activist Porlachee Rakjongjaroen aka 'Billy' . He was reportedly detained on April 17, 2014, at the Kaengkrachan National Park in Petchaburi province and released, but his current whereabouts are unknown.
21 Oct 2014
Six months after activist Pholachi Rakchongcharoen, also known as “Billy”, is believed to have been the victim of enforced disappearance in Kaengkrachan National Park, western Thailand, Amnesty International renews calls on authorities to establish the truth about his fate and whereabouts as a matter of urgency. The organization also urges authorities to ensure all necessary measures are taken to ensure anyone suspected of responsibility for his suspected enforced disappearance is brought to justice. It is feared that Billy, 30, a Kare
15 Oct 2014
After being threatened by the junta’s policy to reclaim National Park lands, Karen villagers who have been living in the forest for generations filed a complaint to the authorities to stop confiscating their land. Approximately 60 Karen tribe representatives from Mae Hong Son, the mountainous northern province, on Tuesday submitted a complaint to the Damrongtham Centre, an agency established by the Ministry of Interior to accept complaints, in Mae Hong Son provincial hall to request the junta to revise its forest protection policy.
24 Sep 2014
On 22 September 2014, Phetchaburi Provincial Court accepted an appeal request on the unlawful detention of “Billy”, Porlajee Rakchongcharoen for further appellate procedures.