#SaveSabWaiVillagers FROM GOING TO JAIL!

THE UNFAIR CRIMINALIZATION OF 14 VILLAGERS UNDER THAILAND'S "FOREST RECLAMATION POLICY"

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SUBMISSION OF URGENT ACTION TO 7 UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS

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A complaint (submission of information for urgent action related to alleged human rights violations) has been submitted to 7 United Nations Special Rapporteurs requesting their urgent intervention to stop the ongoing unfair criminalisation of the 14 Sab Wai villagers and to call on the Thai Government to revise its controversial forest conservation policies hurting communities rather than targeting capitalist investors undermining the environment.

Updates were also shared with the UN Special Rapporteurs regarding the monitoring of court hearings on 25 June, 2-3 July 2019, prison visits to the imprisoned Sab Wai villagers and Appeals to the Supreme Court:

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UN COMMUNICATION FROM UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS

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Through Manushya Foundation's international advocacy efforts, the United Nations sent a complaint to the Thai government on August 19th 2019, questioning it for the alleged human rights violations and unfair criminalization faced by the 14 Sab Wai villagers. 

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THE THAI GOVERNMENT'S REPLY

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On June 10th 2020, the Thai government sent a disappointing reply to the United Nations, totally ignoring the threats and intimidations faced by the 14 villagers, with some forced by forestry officers to sign documents to vacant their land. Instead, the reply praises the government's little effort to protect human rights defenders through a 'handbook'; but nothing specific to protect the 14 Sab Wai villagers.

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OUR NEWS RELEASES AND JOINT STATEMENTS:

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SUMMARIES OF THE COURT HEARINGS

  • Court hearing of 15 May 2019English / Thai 

    • Ms. Nittaya Muangklang

  • Court hearing of 4 June 2019:  English / Thai

    • Mrs. Seenuan Phasang

  • Court hearing of 5 June 2019English / Thai 

    • Ms. Nittaya Muangklang

  • Court hearing of 12 June 2019: English / Thai

    • Ms. Pattama Komet

    • Ms. Sunee Nalin 

    • Mrs. Suphaphorn Seesuk​

  • Court hearing of 18 June 2019English / Thai

    • Mrs. Sakl Prakit

  • Court Hearing of 25 June 2019English / Thai

    • Mrs. Thongpan Monggang 

    • Mr. Wanchai Arphonkaeo 

    • Mr. Samon Somchit 

  • Court hearing of 2 July 2019English / Thai

    • Mr. Put Sukbongkot 

    • Mr. Sompitr Taennok (for his first case)

  • Court hearing of 3 July 2019English / Thai

    • Ms. Narisara Muangklang 

    • Ms. Suwalee Phongam 

    • Mr. Suwit Rattanachaisi

    • Mr. Sompitr Taennok (for his second case)

​​INFORMATION ON SUPREME COURT APPEALS AND BAILS:

  • Enforcement of the appeal court judgment as of 7 July 2019English / Thai (Mrs. Seenuan Phasang)

  • Information on the Supreme court appeal and the bail of 3 WHRDs as of 19 July 2019English / Thai (Mrs Suphaporn Seesuk, Mrs Seenuan Phasang and Ms Pattama Komet)

  • Information on the Supreme court appeal and the bail of 2 land rights defenders as of 25 July 2019English / Thai (Ms. Sunee Nalin and Mr. Put Sukbongkot)

  • Information on the Supreme court appeal and the release from jail of 1 WHRD as of 31 July 2019: English / Thai (Ms. Nittaya Muangklang)

  • Information on the Supreme court appeal and the release from jail of 3 WHRDs as of 13 August 2019English / Thai (Ms. Suwalee Phongam, Ms. Narisara Muangklang, and Mrs. Thongpan Monggang)

  • Information on the Supreme court appeal and the release from jail of 1 HRD as of 26 August 2019English / Thai (Mr. Sompitr Teannok)

  • Information on the Supreme court appeal and the release from jail of 1 HRD as of 29 August 2019: English / Thai (Mr. Suwit Rattanachaisi)​

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THE WORKING GROUP TO AMPLIFY ADVOCACY EFFORTS IN SUPPORT OF THE 14 HRDs

A Working Group comprising human rights organisations and academics has been established in support of the 14 HRDs. It includes the following: 

  • Manushya Foundation

  • Isaan Land Reform Network (ILRN)​

  • Focus on the Global South (FOCUS)

  • iLAW

  • Protection International (PI)

  • Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University

  • Rangsit University

 

As part of the Working Group, Manushya Foundation won’t stop fighting until the Thai government stops criminalising communities and human rights defenders and continues violating land rights under the pretext of protecting the forests, when local communities know better than anyone else how to take care of the forests and protect the environment.