Indigenous rights

17 Nov 2023
The Supreme Court has ordered the army to pay compensation of over two million baht to the family of Lahu ethnic activist Chaiyaphum Pasae, who was shot and killed by military officers in 2017.
19 Oct 2023
The People's Movement for a Just Society (P-Move) has ended a 15-day protest in front of Government House after several sub-committees were formed to handle community rights issues and demands made by the activists.
13 Oct 2023
Activists from the Bang Kloi indigenous Karen community have filed a petition with two House Committees calling for the authorities to drop encroachment charges against community members who tried to return to their ancestral land in the Kaeng Krachan Forest, from where they were forcibly evacuated.
4 Oct 2023
The People’s Movement for a Just Society (P-Move) has declared that it will be occupying the street in front of Government House to demand a fairer policy for land rights, community rights, welfare, freedom, and democracy. They have vowed not to leave until the cabinet passes resolutions guaranteeing their demands.
2 Oct 2023
Last Thursday (28 September), local communities in Chiang Mai’s Omkoi District marched from the local municipal stadium to the District Office auditorium to protest against a coal mining project sited near their communities, while concerns have been raised of the risk of contamination of local farmland and air and water pollution if the mining project is allowed to go ahead.
29 Sep 2023
Following the acquittal of four park officials charged for the abduction and murder of indigenous rights activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) issue a statement calling on the Thai authorities to ensure that there is continuous effective investigation to determine definitively the fate of Billy and deliver justice to his family.
28 Sep 2023
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases has dismissed murder charges against four national park officials charged for the alleged abduction and murder of indigenous rights activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, citing insufficient evidence.
27 Sep 2023
Ahead of tomorrow (28 September)'s verdict for four national park officials charged for the enforced disappearance and murder of indigenous rights activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen, Amnesty International Thailand calls on the Thai authorities to hold to account those responsible for Porlajee's murder.
8 Sep 2023
On Monday (4 September), members of indigenous communities in Lampang marched to the Ngao District Office in Lampang to protest the declaration of a new national park in the area due to the concerns that their lands would be taken over by the park.
4 Sep 2023
The trial for the murder of indigenous rights activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen has concluded, said the Cross-Cultural Foundation (CrCF). The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases will deliver a verdict on 28 September.
24 Aug 2023
Three years after a group of villagers from the Bang Kloi indigenous Karen community were prosecuted for returning to their ancestral land in the Kaeng Krachan forest, the community is calling on the new government to help them return to the original location of their village at Chai Phaen Din, from which they were evicted over 20 years ago.
1 Jun 2023
Following the death of an indigenous activist from dengue fever, indigenous and community rights groups are demanding that the Ministry of Public Health take responsibility, saying that her death is the result of racial discrimination and negligence by a local hospital.

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