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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 Even though the 2007 Constitution has been revoked, but the principle of community rights continues to be provided for by Section 4 of the currently applicable 2014 Interim Constitution.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)*

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

สุภาภรณ์ มาลัยลอย: นักปกป้องสิทธิมนุษยชนและสิ่งแวดล้อม( Earth rights)  อ่านต่อ




For Immediate Release on 16 May 2014


On the night of May 15, 2014 continuing until dawn of 16 May, 2014, a group of approximately 100 unidentified armed men covering face reportedly used force to detain and attack the “Rak Ban Kerd” villagers who were on guard to block the trucks transporting the gold mine’s materials from passing through the village- Ban Na Nong Bong, Tambon Khao Luang, Wang Sa Phung District, Loei Province. The violent attack caused injury and harm to villagers. More than 20 are injured with at least 7 severely injured who have been hospitalised. Initially, in order to operate the transportation of materials from the gold mine, the armed men raided to arrest the villagers, had their hands tied, forced them to lie face down, physically assaulted, threatened with guns and obstructed the transfer of injured villagers to hospital. Subsequently, a number of trucks were able to transport the materials from the mine through the village.

The ENLAWTHAI Foundation (EnLAW) and the undersigned organizations strongly condemn the use of force and violence against “Rak Ban Kerd” villagers group which are unlawful, violate the rights to life and security and liberties of person fundamentally guaranteed by the Constitution as well as international human rights law, and threaten those exercising their rights as human rights defenders to protect the community’s way of life, the right to environment and the right to health.

To prevent the repetition of violence and setting legitimate social norms in Thai society, the EnLAW and the undersigned organizations call for the following actions;

1. The police and relevant local administrative authorities must urgently investigate into the violent assault and threats against the villagers and bring perpetrators and those involved to justice;

2. The relevant authorities must promptly provide effective remedies to the affected villagers;

3. The police and relevant local administrative authorities must take all measures to protect the community to ensure that such violent attacks, threats and violations of rights and liberties of the people will not repeatedly happen;

4. The Government and relevant authorities responsible for human rights protection must take

ENLAWTHAI Foundation [EnLAW]

Human Rights Lawyer Association [HRLA]

Union for Civil Liberty [UCL]

Cross Cultural Foundation [CrCF]

Center for Protection and Revival of Local Community Rights [CPCR]

The Community Resources Centre (CRC)

Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand [EARTH]

Greenpeace Southeast Asia

Institute for Jurists and Human Rights Development [JUSTRIGHTS]

Focus on the Global South



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