7 May 2018
The end of the Pom Mahakan community – an almost 2-century-old settlement - reflects the ignorance of the Bangkok administration and Thai society about preserving the history of normal townsfolk, especially when the Thai-style costume trend is on the rise. I have covered the story of the Pom Mahakan community as a journalist for the past year. The community population had already shrunk from 300 to around 50 people.
24 Apr 2018
One of the oldest communities in Bangkok has declared an end to its almost 25-year-long fight against a plan to turn their homes into a public park. On 22 April 2018, Pom Mahakan residents held a “Farewell Mahakan” event to mark the end of the struggle to protect the community from the demolition plan imposed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
3 Apr 2018
For the first time, a Thai conglomerate is facing a lawsuit for violating human rights in a foreign country. The company allegedly evicted about 600 Cambodian families from their lands, killed their livestock and set fire to their homes, according to the plaintiffs. On 28 March 2018, two villagers, representing about 600 families in Oddar Meanchey Province, Cambodia, filed a compensation lawsuit against the Mitr Phol Group, Thailand’s biggest sugar conglomerate.
3 Jul 2017
Villagers in Isaan facing land encroachment charges have vowed to fight for their rights to what they claim as their ancestral land. According to Tanintat Phukaew, a citizen journalist, the Provincial Court of Surin Province on 21 July 2017 will read the verdict in a land encroachment case in which 31 villagers from Khok Chok forest community in Mueang District of Surin Province are accused of occupying 883 rai of public land.
8 Jun 2017
People living in national parks have denounced the national park and wildlife protection bills, saying they violate community rights.
27 Jan 2017
Isaan villagers have won a landmark lawsuit which the Thai authorities filed against them for opposing the construction of one of the junta’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ). On 26 January 2017, the Provincial Court of Nakhon Phanom dismissed the lawsuit filed against 29 villagers from Khok Phu Kratae and Phai Lom villages in At Samat Subdistrict of Mueang District in the province.
2 Nov 2016
Embattled villagers in northern Thailand facing an eviction order under the junta’s Special Economic Zone plan have taken the matter to court, saying authorities have illegally reclaimed their land for SEZ construction. On 1 November 2016, 60 representatives from Wang Takhian Village in Tha Sai Luat Subdistrict, Mae Sot District in the northern Tak Province filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and the Department of Lands to the Phitsanulok Province Administrative Court.
31 Oct 2016
In a bid to lure investors, Thailand’s junta plans to evict some 300 citizens from their homes to construct a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the southern province of Songkhla. While the military’s development plans could boost a stalled economy, the country’s poor are paying the price.
6 Oct 2016
The Deputy junta head has backed Bangkok’s plan to demolish the old community of Pom Mahakan as part of a controversial Chao Phraya River beautification plan. On 5 October 2016, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the deputy junta head and Defence Minister, presided as the president in the fifth meeting of a steering committee for public administration reform at the Government House, Bangkok, Matichon Online reported.
27 Sep 2016
Civil society groups are urging the junta to halt construction of Special Economic Zone (SEZs) throughout the country, saying that the SEZ policy destroys local communities and the environment.
8 Sep 2016
Residents of the Pom Mahakan community have filed a petition to the PM, pleading for a multilateral steering committee to review their eviction by Bangkok authorities. On 6 July 2016, representatives of the Pom Mahakan community submitted a petition to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) disputing the demolition of the community, reported BBC Thai. According to the petition, the community wants the government to
7 Sep 2016
The Thai Administrative Court has ruled that national park officers did not break the law in burning the houses of members of the Karen ethnic minority in Kaeng Krachan National Park.