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Four park rangers have been acquitted, while the former national park chief is sentenced to prison in connection with the disappearance of the prominent Karen activist, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. For the family, the quest for justice continues.
Thailand's Criminal Court examines the alleged murder of indigenous activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, whose remains were discovered in an oil barrel, as his family seeks justice for the long-unresolved case.
SURAT THANI - According to a report by the Southern Peasants' Federation of Thailand (SPFT), government officials have been trying to intimidate a community of landless farmers in Surat Thani province several times over the past year.
The ordeal of the Bang Kloi forest dwellers, a community of indigenous Karen that was forcefully evicted from its ancestral homeland in 2011, might soon continue in court. Following rumours of an imminent indictment of 29 community members for trespassing on national park land in 2021, Bang Kloi representatives petitioned the government to drop the case.
In the forced disappearance case of human rights defender Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen, the Attorney General's Office on Monday indicted four national park officials accused of abducting and murdering the prominent activist in April 2014.
Environmentalist Chut Wutty was one of the leading voices for forest conservation in Cambodia. He was killed ten years ago, shot dead by a soldier in the Cardamom Mountains. But the precise circumstances of his death remain muddled.
From Thailand to Indonesia, indigenous people who have lived off the land for generations struggle to preserve their forest homes and customs. But as states create national parks and forcibly evict forest-dwellers, their ties to ancestral land are cut.
Following her mother’s footsteps, she fights for Thailand’s slum communities becoming a rising voice of empowerment for the slums of Bangkok.
Following the dam construction in the 1990s, the villagers of Rasi Salai in Thailand’s northeast find themselves in a decades-long battle for compensation from the authorities and meager scraps from a devastated ecosystem.