21 Dec 2015
This article investigates why the Khlong Sai Pattana community in Surat Thani Province has occupied a deforested protected area taken from a palm oil plantation corporation after its 30-year concession ended. Land rights activists discuss how the poor are unfairly discriminated against in their right to land to make a living, while capitalists keep reaping benefits from the land.
6 Oct 2015
Thailand’s civil society groups are urging the government not to evict poor farmers and urban communities as mega development projects forge ahead. The Four Regions Slum Network (FRSN) and People’s Movement for Just Society (P-Move), advocacy groups for marginalised communities in Thailand, along with hundreds of supporters, submitted a joint statement to ML Panadda Diskul, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office and to the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security on Monday morning, 5 October 2015, World Habitat Day.
25 Sep 2015
Villagers in southern Thailand have protested against the military’s proposal to turn parts of a wetland into a battle practice ground. According to Thairath News, about 100 villagers in Khlong Thom Tai Subdistrict, Khlong Thom District, of the southern province of Krabi at 11 am on Thursday, 24 September 2015, gathered at a wetland in the district, which they have been using as pasture and farmland, to protest the military’s plan to turn the area into a combat practice area.
14 May 2015
The criminal court on Thursday sentenced a man to five years in jail for lèse majesté based on claims about the former royal consort in a land encroachment case.
16 Apr 2015
Sakon Nakhon Provincial Court has handed jail terms to four villagers accused of encroachment and is putting 29 others on trial on the same charge. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the Provincial Court of Sakon Nakhon in Thailand’s Northeast, in January sentenced four villagers from Ban Chat Rabiap community in Phu Phan District to prison for encroaching on protected areas.
20 Mar 2015
The Appeal Court convicted a Karen villager accused of illegal logging in northern Thailand to 1.5 years in prison. This is a result of the junta's ‘Return the Forest’ policy which has adversely effected the poor of the country.
11 Mar 2015
BANGKOK (11 March 2015) -The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) is concerned that the rights of poor communities in maintaining access to land and livelihood are not being upheld and urges the Government to comply with its international human rights obligations in pursuing its land polices. OHCHR is particularly concerned that the push of the National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO) for quick solutions to complex land issues has led to &n
4 Feb 2015
The military surrounded a village in southern Thailand and told landless villagers to leave a disputed area while threatening a villager not to take pictures of the event. According to Protection International (PI), at about 5:30 pm on Tuesday five military men came to Phoemsap Community of Chai Buri District in the southern province of Surat Thani and ordered the landless villagers to leave the area. The military also reportedly threatened a villager with arrest and interrogation at a military camp if he took pictures of the military
9 Jan 2015
The NCPO claims to be reclaiming forest land from investors, but the poor continue to suffer. Junta policy introduced under martial law destroys livelihoods of thousands of forest inhabitants.
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.
16 Dec 2014
More than 100 farmers in a northeastern province face charges on land encroachment as a result of the junta's Return the Forest policy, after the military prohibited the farmers from holding a public discussion to voice their concerns to the military government. Laothai Nimnuan, the coordinator of Isan Farmers’ Federation of Thailand’s Northeast, told Prachatai that more than 60 military and police officers on Monday stormed into the venue planned for the public discussion on land rights and forced the organizers to cancel the meeting.
13 Nov 2014
Under the Thai military dictatorship, Thais are not only deprived of their freedom of expression and assembly but also the right to wear their favourite t-shirts. The Chiang Mai military has been especially paranoid and sensitive about t-shirts. In the latest incident, the Chiang Mai military attempted to force northern land rights activists not to wear the group’s campaign t-shirts when meeting a minister.