REGIONS

1. Northeast of Thailand (Isaan):

1.1. Loei region. Khon Raek ban Kerd (KRBK) group formed by 6 communities opposing angold mining company operating in the surroundings of the villages and endangering their rice crops and environment. There has been several cases of criminalization and death threats in the last  few years  They are supported by the Udonthani Environmental Conservation Group and the Centre for Social Justice which has been working against a potassium mining project in the Mekong region. 

1.2. Khon Kaen and Kalasin regions. Dogmoon area is a protected natural reserve covering parts of both provinces, threatened by oil and gas exploitation operated by Apico (Khorat) Limited, a US-based oil and gas exploration company operating in the area. Since 2015, Protection Desk (PD) Thailand is working with Namoon Donsad Conservation Group to improve their protection and security management. The group has been harassed and threaten by the Army and local authorities. 

1.3. Don ma Fai, Sawankuhang district , Nongbua Lamphu province. Local communities opposing rock extraction from a company, are facing threats and intimidation and health risks associated to their living conditions next the site as well as impact on their traditional rice farming livelihood. They have lost 4 HRDs  from the last 20 years of struggles.

1.4. Udon Thani Environmental Conservation Group. A local community organisation formed in 2002 as villagers came together to campaign against a planned potash mining project in the vicinity of their villages. About one hundred of activists from Udon Thani environmental conservation group had to undergo “attitude adjustment” programs  and  one  public hearing on potash mining has been held in Military camp.

1.5. Dao Din students. This students group from the Khon Kaen University has been supporting community based HRDs in Thailand since 2002, most of them are Law students who are willing to give legal support and raise visibility for the communities. 

1.6. Issan Land Reform Network, Chaiyaphum Province, is a network group of six communities in a national park in North east of  Thailand. PI works with them in their long-standing fight against eviction. One of their member Den kamlae  has been disappearance in April 2016 . 

1.7. Sakhon Nakhon, Sakon Nakhon Thai Baan Network (Network of Tribal People Deprived of Land) is a community network of small holders of rubber farms. Since PhuPhaLek National Park has been declared in an area overlapping their farmland, they have been facing risk of being forcibly evicted. 

1.8. Nakhon Phanom, Special Economic Zone. Nakhon Phanom is a so called “Special Economic Zone” (SEZ), i.e. a government pilot area to develop industrial complexes. Villagers like those of Tambon and Kok Phu Kratee, are affected and facing possible forced evictions from the land on which they have been living since 1941 and for which they have land titles. In 2017, the Nakhon Phanom provincial court in Thailand has dismissed the case against 29 villagers in Tambon Aat Samat, Amphoe Mueang, Nakhon Phanom for land encroachment offences based on insufficient evidence presented by the public prosecutor.

 

2. North of Thailand:

2.1. Lamphang region. Raek ban Haeng (KRBH) 900-1,000 member community conservation Group. It is a Women Human Rights Defenders lead group opposing a lignite mining project in the area affecting their livelihood. They have the support from other networks and its situation has also worsened since the coup d’état and the closing of space for Thai civil society. 

2.2. Chiang Mai region. Network of Indigenous Women of Thailand. PD Thailand has conducted  a series of capacity building workshops with them in order to transfer some skills on negotiation for their rights and assertiveness.

 

3. South of Thailand:

3.1. Surat Thani region. The Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT) is formed by 6 communities claiming their collective community land titles. Klong Sai Pattana is one of the most threatened communities in this process and four members of the community have already been killed in the last five years, the last one in February 11, 2015. Another community namdeng has lost two women human  rights defenders.

3.2. The People’s Network to Protect Ton Sa Tor Watershed Forest (PNPTSWF) is a conservation group that came together to oppose a planned water reservoir project Pattalung bearing important environmental impacts for the area. There has been a major attempt to kill   Mr. Suwit Jehsoh, the leader of the group. PD Thailand works with them doing risk analysis and monitoring their situation to provide strategic advice on their security protection.