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  • OPINION

    Land saga a test of morals

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/11/2019

    » The recent land scandal involving the outspoken MP for Ratchaburi, Pareena Kraikupt, poses a major challenge to the principles of land reform for needy farmers.

  • OPINION

    DSI gives cops sleuth lesson

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/11/2019

    » A little more than a year after taking up the case of the missing Karen rights activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has made noteworthy progress. Yesterday, local media reported that the agency has implicated a senior official and his team in the high-profile case and is seeking arrest warrants for them.

  • OPINION

    Jumbo deaths preventable

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/10/2019

    » The death of six elephants in Khao Yai National Park has saddened the country.

  • OPINION

    Finding 'Billy' just the start

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/09/2019

    » Thailand has long been notorious for letting numerous mysterious cases of extrajudicial killings, torture or forced disappearances go unresolved, and harbouring a culture of impunity among the state actors allegedly involved.

  • OPINION

    Forest row begs solution

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/08/2019

    » For over four decades, Bo Kaew villagers in Chaiyaphum's Kon San district have been haunted by the spectre of eviction, as the Forest Industry Organisation (FIO) battles to turn their land into eucalyptus plantations.

  • OPINION

    No will to stop encroachers

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/07/2019

    » Demolition orders recently issued by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) for 11 resorts, including the controversial 88 Garmonte which was found to have encroached on a national park, invite a sense of deja vu. These infringements have been an unsolved problem in Thap Lan National Park for almost 40 years.

  • OPINION

    Fight for rights, not for awards

    Editorial, Published on 07/07/2019

    » Abid by Thailand to have a forest reserve in Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi listed as a Unesco World Heritage site (WHS) has brought public attention to the cultural identity of the ethnic Karen people. Experts at Unesco’s World Heritage Committee have delayed their decision to add Kaeng Krachan National Park — which was nominated in 2013 — on the heritage list after complaints by Myanmar about overlapping areas and a petition signed by the ethnic Karen in which they accused the Thai state of failing to recognise their cultural identity.

  • OPINION

    Forest land justice needed

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/07/2019

    » More villagers in the Northeast are being thrown into jail as state versus people forest conflicts escalate.

  • OPINION

    Criminalise state torture

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/04/2019

    » As long as Thailand does not criminalise enforced disappearances and torture committed by state officials, anyone could become a victim of state actors' extrajudicial acts without getting justice -- such as in the case of Karen human rights activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen.

  • OPINION

    Regime fails on corruption

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/02/2019

    » Thailand has dropped another point further down the scale of corrupt countries. Arguably the only thing worse than this national humiliation was the prime minister's attempt to wave it away. His attempt to dismiss the importance of the year-long scandal over his deputy prime minister's watch collection was not credible. Neither did his complaint that the global report on graft ignored the successes of his regime's anti-corruption campaigns gain sympathy.

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