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Legal Opinion on the illegitimated public hearing of SBPAC’ s Chana SEZ Project

Legal Opinion on

A lack of legal legitimacy for SBPAC to rush to conclude the public consultation process
regarding the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Songkhla’s Chana district
during the COVID-19 Outbreak and the imposition of the Emergency Decree”

ENLAWTHAI Foundation (EnLAW)
12 May 2020

The Southern Border Province Administration Center (SBPAC) has publicly invited people to participate and share their input regarding the development of the special economic zone (SEZ) in Songkhla’s Chana district pursuant to its announcement made on 28 April 2020. It has also been announced that the public hearings will be conducted in Tambon Sakom, Talingchan and Na Thap, Chana District, Songkhla during 14-20 May 2020. Detail of the announcement can be found in SBPAC’s website ( The project will lead to drastic change of the current land utilization transforming the agricultural land into an industrial zone. It will inadvertently take its tremendous toll on the livelihood of local people, natural resources and the environment in Songkhla and adjacent provinces. 

As an organization which promotes access to environmental rights of the people, EnLAW finds the Announcement by SBPAC, as the project developer, concerning the methods and criteria regarding the public consultation lacks legal legitimacy and is unfair to the people based on various reasons including;  อ่านต่อ

Press Release: Martial Law and the Management of Natural Resources in Thailand

Press Release*

Thailand Reform Forum #3

Martial Law and the Management of Natural Resources and the Environment: The case of mining in Thailand

Tuesday 23 September 2014

The Culture of People’s Participation Threatened by Martial Law


The management of natural resources and the environment including mining in Thailand has been monopolized by the Thai state which controls mining policy and decision makings in mining licensing and concession. It has given rise to violations of community rights and the rights of people living close to the mining sites. Even though the 2007 Constitution has been revoked, but the principle of community rights continues to be provided for by Section 4 of the currently applicable 2014 Interim Constitution. The government, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and concerned state agencies are obliged to act in compliance with it. Previously, villagers and community have mobilized together to pressure and accomplished in their demand for the installment of mechanisms to investigate the impacts. Conceding to the demand, the state, government officials and entrepreneurs have set up committees at the provincial and national levels to carry out an inquiry into the problem. But the whole process has crumbled as a result of the imposition of Martial Law. Decisions have arbitrarily been made to grant concessions without heeding the previous agreement made with the villagers and other process including public participation. อ่านต่อ

Spotlight on Earth Rights Defenders in Thailand

สุภาภรณ์ มาลัยลอย: นักปกป้องสิทธิมนุษยชนและสิ่งแวดล้อม (Earth Rights)*

อชิชญา อ๊อตวงศ์ เขียน

ประสบการณ์การทำงานที่มูลนิธินิติธรรมสิ่งแวดล้อม หรือ EnLAW ถือเป็นหนึ่งในช่วงเวลาที่มีค่าที่สุดในชีวิตของข้าพเจ้า ด้วยเพราะในตอนนั้น ข้าพเจ้าได้มีโอกาสพบเจอกับผู้คนที่ทุ่มเททำงานเพื่อปกป้องสิทธิมนุษยชนและสิ่งแวดล้อม อย่างสุดกำลัง และมีความเชื่อมั่นในพลังของคนที่ไม่มีเสียง ไม่มีพลังในสังคม หนึ่งในบุคคลที่สร้างแรงบันดาลใจและถ่ายทอดพลังให้กับข้าพเจ้ามากที่สุด คือ “พี่หนู” สุภาภรณ์ มาลัยลอย ผู้จัดการมูลนิธินิติธรรมสิ่งแวดล้อม

สุภาภรณ์ มาลัยลอย: นักปกป้องสิทธิมนุษยชนและสิ่งแวดล้อม( Earth rights)  อ่านต่อ





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