18 Feb 2020
The Royal Forest Department (RFD) has filed three more legal complaints against Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP) MP Pareena Kraikupt, after it was found that Pareena’s Khao Son Poultry Farm encroaches on around 665 rai of protected forest land.
17 Jan 2020
Palang Pracharat (PPRP) MP Pareena Kraikupt has been formally appointed to the Standing Committee on Corruption and Misconduct despite being accused of encroaching on a national forest reserve area, prompting criticism from the Thai public.
4 Nov 2017
46 civil society organisations have called for the release of the wife of a disappeared community rights activist imprisoned for land encroachment. On 3 November 2017, representatives of 46 civil society organisations submitted a petition to Cheep Chulamon, the president of the Supreme Court, calling for the release of Suphab Khamlae, 67, a villager of Khok Yao village in Chaiyaphum Province. The Supreme Court in July confirmed the lower court’s verdict to sentence Suphab and her husband, Den Khamlae, to six months imprisonment for encroaching into a protected area.
25 Sep 2017
A provincial court has dismissed charges against a villager accused of land encroachment after the junta enacted its ‘return the forest’ policy. The Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF) reported that the Provincial Court of Fang District of Chiang Mai on 21 September 2017 dismissed charges against Araya Saechang. She was indicted for encroaching onto a protected area in Ban No Lae village of Mon Pin Subdistrict of Fang District, Chiang Mai Province.
3 Jul 2017
Villagers in Isaan facing land encroachment charges have vowed to fight for their rights to what they claim as their ancestral land. According to Tanintat Phukaew, a citizen journalist, the Provincial Court of Surin Province on 21 July 2017 will read the verdict in a land encroachment case in which 31 villagers from Khok Chok forest community in Mueang District of Surin Province are accused of occupying 883 rai of public land.
8 Jun 2017
People living in national parks have denounced the national park and wildlife protection bills, saying they violate community rights.
2 May 2017
The Supreme Court has handed five year jail terms to an elderly couple for picking mushrooms in a protected forest in Isaan. On 2 May 2017, the Supreme Court sentenced Udom Sirisorn, 51, and Daeng Sirisorn, 48, a couple from the northeastern province of Kalasin, to five years’ imprisonment for picking wild mushrooms in Dong Ranang National Park. They were arrested in July 2010 and quickly sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on the accusation of illegal logging and entering a protected forest.
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.
28 Feb 2017
The Bureau of the Royal Household (BRH) has dismissed a high-ranking police officer close to King Vajiralongkorn. On 27 February 2017, the BRH issued an order dismissing Pol Gen Jumpol Manmai, the Grand Chamberlain for security and special activities close to King Vajiralongkorn, from all public services. The order stated that Jumpol violated the 2008 Civil Service Act by abusing his position for personal benefits.
27 Jan 2017
Isaan villagers have won a landmark lawsuit which the Thai authorities filed against them for opposing the construction of one of the junta’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ). On 26 January 2017, the Provincial Court of Nakhon Phanom dismissed the lawsuit filed against 29 villagers from Khok Phu Kratae and Phai Lom villages in At Samat Subdistrict of Mueang District in the province.
14 Sep 2016
The Royal Thai Navy has accused 55 people of illegally occupying public land in a tourist town in eastern Thailand. On 13 September 2016, the Information Office of the Naval Civil Affairs Department reported that the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has filed a complaint against 55 individuals at Sattahip District Police Station in Chonburi Province. The RTN accused the 55 of encroaching on public land plots in Samae San sub-district of Sattahip, a popular tourist destination along the eastern coast.
27 May 2016
A Provincial Court in northern Thailand has acquitted a Hmong man accused by national park officers of encroaching into a protected area. Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported that the Provincial Court of the northern province of Mae Hong Son on Wednesday, 25 May 2016, acquitted Su Wangpoh, a 58-year-old Hmong from Pai District of the province.