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  • THAILAND

    Govt 'holds vulnerable underwater to keep big business afloat'

    Spectrum, Supara Janchitfah, Published on 18/03/2012

    » Those whose homes and farms were ravaged by last year's floods are fuming over government compensation plans that they say unfairly favour big business at their expense. About 2.23 billion baht will go to build a 77km floodwall around Rojana Industrial Park and 728 million baht and 700 million baht, respectively, has been earmarked to build floodwalls around Bang Pa-in and Nava Nakorn industrial estates. Many of society's most vulnerable who lost nearly everything in the floods _ including labourers, small farmers, slum dwellers and home-based workers _ are entitled to a mere 5,000 baht in compensation.

  • THAILAND

    Uphill fight means 'people's bills' remain a pipedream

    Spectrum, Supara Janchitfah, Published on 04/03/2012

    » In 2005, Prue Odochao and 90 other forest dwellers made the long march from Chiang Mai to Bangkok's parliament building to voice their opposition to a bill that they had first submitted in 1999. They said the amendments to their community forest draft bill by MPs and senators violated the spirit of the draft, which was intended to formalise community management of forests, a way of life in forested areas for centuries.

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