9 Mar 2017
20 villagers have been found guilty of violating the junta’s ban on public gatherings by supporting a referendum monitoring campaign. The villagers pleaded guilty, but only because of the high costs of fighting the case. On 6 March 2016, Udon Thani Military Court ruled that 20 villagers from Sakon Nakhon province were guilty of violating NCPO Head Order 3/2015, the junta’s ban on public assemblies of five people or more.
3 Mar 2017
A local conservation group in Thailand’s northeast has urged the military and local authorities to reconsider plans to dredge a local swamp crucial for local farmers. On 2 March 2017, 20 members of a local environmental conservation group in Nong Phai Subdistrict of Mueang District, Udon Thani Province submitted a letter to the Department of Water Resources and the 24th Military Circle. The group demanded that the authorities reconsider their plans to dredge Nong Na Tan, a local swamp, which local villagers use for agriculture.
27 May 2016
A Provincial Court in northeastern Thailand has dismissed charges against five soldiers and a member of the Territorial Defence Volunteer Corps (TDVC) accused of shooting a local redshirt leader. The Provincial Court of the northeastern province of Udon Thani on Thursday, on 26 May 2016, dismissed charges against five soldiers from a military base in the western province of Kanchanaburi and a TDVC member accused of shooting Kwanchai Sarakam, leader of the People Who Love Udon Club, a local anti-establishment red shirt group.
5 Mar 2015
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Udon Thani Environmental Conservation Group about the intensification of ongoing threats and surveillance of human rights defenders who are members of the group. They have been engaged in a long-standing struggle for community participation in decisions about potash mining in Udon Thani province.