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Manushya Foundation and the Thai Business & Human Rights Network call on Thai authorities to remedy the harm caused to the 14 villagers of Sab Wai village by dropping all charges against them, and by restoring their lost rights related to land, livelihood, food, housing and due process.
226 civil society organisations and human rights defenders globally have demanded that the Thai government drop all charges against 14 land and human rights defenders in Ban Sapwai, Chaiyaphum, who are currently facing disproportionate imprisonment and fines exceeding one million Thai Baht (approximately USD 32,300). They were found guilty in August last year by the first court for breaching Thailand’s Forest Act and National Park Act despite evidence qualifying for exemption from prosecution as poor, landless and low-income groups.
Network calls on Thai Government to adopt its joint commentary to achieve corporate accountability, ensure responsible business conduct and promote a Thai economy that is sustainable and respectful of human rights.
Today is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Sadly, torture remains rife in many countries. And more than sixty years after torture was outlawed internationally, gruesome torture equipment is still being openly marketed and traded around the world. At glitzy arms and security fairs, governments can browse stalls selling equipment whose sole purpose is to cause pain and fear. An export ban in the EU has made this trade more difficult in recent years, but there is still no international agreement to ban tools of torture.
The Thai authorities should investigate the Thai police’s role in Vietnam’s abduction of journalist Truong Duy Nhat, Amnesty International said today (21 June). Truong Duy Nhat
Manushya Foundation (MF), Isaan Land Reform Network (ILRN), and the Future Forward Party (FWP) call on Thai authorities to stop the misuse of forest conservation laws and policies to criminalise impoverished villagers, to drop all charges against the 14 villagers of Sab Wai village, and to protect their rights related to land and livelihood.
(New York, June 14, 2019) – Thai authorities are harassing and intimidating social critics for mocking Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha after he assumed the premiership for another term, Human Rights Watch said today.
The Asia Democracy Network has issued a statement in solidarity with the protest against the Extradition Bill in Hong Kong. ADN calls for the retraction of the Bill and for the end to the use of excessive force against the protestors.
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and Indigenous Women’s Network of Thailand (IWNT) express our concerns over the charges against land and human rights defenders from Ban Sapwai, Chaiyaphum province.
Thai authorities should urgently and impartially investigate assaults on three prominent pro-democracy activists since May 2019, Human Rights Watch said last week. Thai police have yet to arrest any suspects for the violent attacks, raising serious concerns about possible government involvement.