Loei Ore Mine

1 Dec 2017
The police on Friday released a freelance environmental journalist on bail after arresting him for trespassing into a disputed gold mine in 2015.    Jamon Sonpednarin was released from Wang Saphung District Police Station in the northeastern province of Loei on Friday morning after a university lecturer offered her civil servant position as the bail.    The arrest warrant accuses Jamon of trespassing into a controversial gold mine in Wang Saphung District in 2015 which was operated by Tungkum Co Ltd before its closure.
26 Jul 2017
The prosecutor has charged seven anti-mine activists in Isaan with breaking the public assembly law and intimidating public officials. On 25 July 2017, the prosecutor indicted seven members of the anti-mine activist group Khon Rak Ban Koed (KRBK) (translated as ‘People Who Love Their Home’) from six villages in Wang Saphung District of the northeastern province of Loei. The seven are Phonthip Hongchai, Ranong Kongsaen, Wiron Ruchichaiwat, Suphat Khunna, Bunraeng Sithong, Mon Khunna, and Lamphloen Rueangrit.
10 Mar 2017
The head of the Subdistrict Administrative Organisation (SAO) of an area battling a gold mine company has defeated a lawsuit filed against him by a gold mine operator. On 9 March 2017, the Loei Provincial Court dismissed a lawsuit against Samai Phakmi, President of the SAO of Khao Luang Subdistrict, Wang Saphung District, Loei.
29 Dec 2016
The Central Administrative Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by anti-mine villagers against both a gold mine company and Thailand’s Industry Minister, saying villagers’ claims about the environmental effects of the mine are not credible.     On 28 December 2016, the Central Administrative Court in Bangkok dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Minister of Industry, the Director-General of the Department of Primary Industries and Mines, and Tungkum Company, a gold mine operator in Loei.
20 Dec 2016
Police in northeastern Thailand have summoned seven anti-mine activists, accusing them of intimidating district officials and unlawful assembly. On 18 December 2016, seven members of an activist group called Khon Rak Ban Koed (KRBK), translated as ‘People Who Love Their Home’, reported to Wang Saphung Police Station in Loei Province after one of them received a summons in early December. KRBK is an anti-mine group comprising villagers from six villages in Wang Saphung District.
16 Nov 2016
In a landmark case for media, a Thai court has dismissed a criminal defamation case filed against the Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) and four media workers for airing a program on environment impacts of the gold mining industry. On 16 November 2016, the Bangkok Criminal Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Tungkam Co. Ltd against Thai PBS and four of its current and previous employees. Tungkam is a gold mining company operating in Wang Saphung District of the northeastern Loei Province.
13 Sep 2016
Anti-mine activists in Isaan, fired back against a mining company, demanding the company 3.18 million baht for judicially harassing them. On 12 September 2016, about 30 members of Khon Rak Ban Koed (KRBK), translated as ‘People Who Love Their Home’, attended a hearing at Loei Provincial Court, the Thai PBS reported. The hearing was held to consider the KRBK’s request not to pay the court fee in a civil lawsuit they filed against Tungkum Company, a gold mine operator in Loei.
3 Jun 2016
A company who operated a highly controversial gold mine in northeastern Leoi Province has started libel suits in Leoi and Bangkok against a 15-year-old girl for her citizen reporting about the mine. While Bangkok police are investigating the case, the juvenile legal office in Leoi ruled that the company could not sue her.    The Juvenile Observation and Protection Office in Leoi Province on Thursday, 2 June 2016, ruled that the company could not file the criminal defamation suit against Wanpen Khuna to the Juvenile Court.
31 May 2016
A Provincial Court in Isan, Thailand’s northeast, has handed down jail terms to two military officers accused of involvement in a violent assault against anti-mine villagers while dismissing lawsuits filed by a mining company against anti-mine activists.
10 May 2016
Despites laws on community rights under previous constitutions, academics and activists pointed out that rights over resources for local communities have been put under severe strain from the authoritarian regime of the Thai junta.    Academics and human rights activists gathered at Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus in Bangkok, on Monday, 9 May 2016, at a public forum titled ‘Judicial Process, Community Rights and Human Defenders’ to discuss community rights under the military regime in Thailand.    
30 Mar 2016
Loei Provincial Court has dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by a gold mining company against key leaders of an anti-mine group.   The Provincial Court of the northeastern province of Loei on Wednesday, 30 March 2016, dismissed charges against six key members of Khon Rak Ban Koed (KRBK), translated as ‘People Who Love Their Home’, an anti-mine group comprising villagers from six villages in Wang Saphung District of Loei.
16 Feb 2016
Update: At least 100 more police and military officers were deployed at Khao Luang Tambon (Subdistrict) Administration Organization office at about 10 am on Tuesday to maintain order. At 10:20 am, Samai Pakmee, the chief of Khao Luang TAO council, informed the villagers that the meeting to finalise the renewal of a mining concession for Tungkam mining company will be postponed until further notice.     The Thai authorities deployed officers to bar anti-mine villagers to enter a meeting over renewing a mining concession.

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