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By Prachatai |
<p>Pareena Kraikupt, MP for Ratchaburi in the ruling Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP) has been found guilty of serious ethics violation, resulting in a life-long ban from political positions at any level and loss of the right to vote for 10 years, punishments some see as overkill.</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>The Royal Forest Department (RFD) has filed three more legal complaints against Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP) MP Pareena Kraikupt, after it was found that Pareena&rsquo;s Khao Son Poultry Farm encroaches on around 665 rai of protected forest land.</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>Palang Pracharat (PPRP) MP Pareena Kraikupt has been formally appointed to the Standing Committee on Corruption and Misconduct despite being accused of encroaching on a national forest reserve area, prompting criticism from the Thai public.</p>
<p>46 civil society organisations have called for the release of the wife of a disappeared community rights activist imprisoned for land encroachment.</p> <p>On 3 November 2017, representatives of 46 civil society organisations submitted a petition to Cheep Chulamon, the president of the Supreme Court, calling for the release of Suphab Khamlae, 67, a villager of Khok Yao village in Chaiyaphum Province.</p> <p>The Supreme Court in July confirmed the lower court’s verdict to sentence Suphab and her husband, Den Khamlae, to six months imprisonment for encroaching into a protected area.</p>
<p>A provincial court has dismissed charges against a villager accused of land encroachment after the junta enacted its ‘return the forest’ policy.</p> <p>The Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF) reported that the Provincial Court of Fang District of Chiang Mai on 21 September 2017 dismissed charges against Araya Saechang.</p> <p>She was indicted for encroaching onto a protected area in Ban No Lae village of Mon Pin Subdistrict of Fang District, Chiang Mai Province.</p>
<p>Villagers in Isaan facing land encroachment charges have vowed to fight for their rights to what they claim as their ancestral land.</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="">Tanintat Phukaew</a>, 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.</p>
<p>People living in national parks have denounced the national park and wildlife protection bills, saying they violate community rights.</p>
<p>The Supreme Court has handed five year jail terms to an elderly couple for picking mushrooms in a protected forest in Isaan.</p> <p>On 2 May 2017, the Supreme Court&nbsp;<a href="">sentenced&nbsp;</a>Udom Sirisorn, 51, and Daeng Sirisorn, 48, a couple from the northeastern province of Kalasin, to five years’ imprisonment for picking wild mushrooms in Dong Ranang National Park.</p> <p>They were arrested in July 2010 and quickly sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on the accusation of illegal logging and entering a protected forest.</p>
<p>After almost a decade-long legal battle, the Supreme Court has dismissed lawsuits against 2 members of the Karen ethnic minority in northern Thailand accused of land encroachment.</p> <p>On 22 March 2017, the Provincial Court of Mae Sot District in Tak Province<a href="">&nbsp;dismissed the</a><u> case</u>&nbsp;against Nohaemui Wiangwicha and Dipaepo or Dipaepho, two members of the Karen ethnic minority of Ban Mae Omki, Mae Wa Luang Subdistrict, Tha Song Yang District, Tak Province.</p>
<p dir="ltr">The Bureau of the Royal Household (BRH) has dismissed a high-ranking police officer close to King Vajiralongkorn.</p> <p dir="ltr">On 27 February 2017, the BRH issued an order dismissing Pol Gen Jumpol Manmai, the Grand Chamberlain for security and special activities close to King Vajiralongkorn, from all public services.</p> <p dir="ltr">The order stated that Jumpol violated the 2008 Civil Service Act by abusing his position for personal benefits.</p>
<p>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).</p> <p>On 26 January 2017, the Provincial Court of Nakhon Phanom&nbsp;<a href="">dismissed the lawsuit filed against 29 villagers&nbsp;</a>from Khok Phu Kratae and Phai Lom villages in At Samat Subdistrict of Mueang District in the province.</p>
<p dir="ltr">The Royal Thai Navy has accused 55 people of illegally occupying public land in a tourist town in eastern Thailand. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">On 13 September 2016, the Information Office of the Naval Civil Affairs Department reported that the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has filed a complaint against 55 individuals at Sattahip District Police Station in Chonburi Province.</p> <p dir="ltr">The RTN accused the 55 of encroaching on public land plots in Samae San sub-district of Sattahip, a popular tourist destination along the eastern coast.</p>