14 Sep 2017
Surat Thani farmers have called for protection from to various government agencies after two companies initiated lawsuits against them and destroyed their corps. On 12 September 2017, 13 farmers from Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT) filed a petition to Lawyers Council of Thailand (LCT), Royal Thai Police (RTP), and National Human Right Commission (NHRC) to help them in the lawsuit they are facing. The prosecution against the farmers emerge from a land disput
28 Apr 2017
Police in southern Thailand have arrested eight landless farmers for allegedly occupying the land of development companies. Representatives of the Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT) on 25 April 2017 submitted a letter to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Bangkok after the arrest of eight villagers from Nam Daeng Pattana Development Community, one of six communities of the SPFT, located in Chai Buri District of Surat Thani.
2 Dec 2016
An appeal court has refused to try the assassination case of a community rights defender killed earlier this year, ruling that the witnesses are unreliable despite being present at the crime scene. On 1 December 2016, the Surat Thani Appeal Court dismissed the assassination case of Chai Bunthonglek, a land rights activist who was killed in February this year, reported the Human Rights Lawyers Association.
28 Oct 2016
Police have raided a tattoo parlour and arrested two suspects accused of posting lèse majesté messages on Facebook.
8 Apr 2016
An unidentified gunman has shot an activist who is a key witness to the murder of a land rights activist in southern Thailand. Supot Kansong, 42, a villager of Khlong Sai Pattana Community in Chai Buri District of Surat Thani, was ambushed by an unidentified gunman at around 3 pm on Friday, 8 April 2016. Supot was injured in the right thigh, hip and leg, but survived. He is currently being treated at Chai Buri Hospital. He was shot as he was driving back to the village after the tires of his car burst because nails had been spread on the road leading to the village.
15 Mar 2016
A Provincial Court has dismissed charges against a man accused of taking part in killing a southern land rights activist, citing weak evidence. The Provincial Court in Wiang Sa District of Surat Thani Province, on Tuesday, 15 March 2016, dismissed charges against Santi Wanthong, a suspect in the assassination of Chai Bunthonglek, a 61-year-old member of the Southern Peasant’s Federation of Thailand (SPFT) from Khlong Sai Pattana Community in Chai Buri District of Surat Thani.
12 Jan 2016
The Thai military has summoned the leaders of southern rubber farmers calling for the government to subsidize rubber prices for attitude adjustment while the junta leader said that no subsidy will be provided. According to Komchadluek News, military officers at 10 am on Monday, 11 January 2015, summoned 50 key leaders of the southern rubber farmers for an attitude adjustment session at Vibhavadi Rangsit Military Camp in the southern province of Surat Thani.
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.
27 Aug 2015
Villagers from the southern Thailand currently facing an eviction order from the Thai authorities asked National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate how the eviction order was reached.
1 Apr 2015
Thai military has dismissed the UN’s expression of concern and suggestion that Thai authorities should uphold human rights while solving land conflicts, saying that the information which claims that the military harassed villagers is false.
17 Mar 2015
Thai authorities ordered the eviction of the villagers allegedly encroaching on public land and threatened to detain them if they did not comply, citing law and order as a justification. Meanwhile, the villagers said that the authorities were acting in the interests of an oil palm business.
12 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.