#Donation Sompitr lost his wife, while he was criminalized under Forest Reclamation Policy.
Sompitr lost his wife to cancer, while he was unfairly criminalized & imprisoned under Thailand’s Forest Reclamation Policy.
🚨 On October 5, 2022, Sompitr Taennok was released after the court unfairly sentenced him to jail in May 2021 for encroaching and destroying the forest in Sai Thong National Park area in Chaiyaphum province in Northeastern Thailand. This happened even though he and his family lived there before the area was declared a national park.
How cruel is the Thai justice system to innocent people?
When he was sent to jail, he had no time to say goodbye to his family. While he was imprisoned his loving wife lost her fight against cancer, and he wasn't even allowed to attend her funeral.
This is #WhatsHappeningInThailand: under the disguise of a 'Climate Solution', the Thai government issued the Forest Reclamation Policy to achieve the goal of reducing carbon emissions. Sompitr is among 14 Sab Wai villagers, who were put in jail under this false climate solution. They should be recognized as the 'Guardians' of the forest instead, as their way of living even helps to preserve the forest and the community has been living and making their livelihood in the forest for generations.
However, Sompitr and the Sab Wai Villagers are now at high risk of land eviction by the Forestry Department. If they lose their houses, they will lose their livelihoods and will be in a situation of extreme poverty!
✊ Support Sompitr and the Sab Wai villagers to remain in their village and practice their traditional life as ‘Guardians’ of the forest.
✨ You can support #SaveSompitr by donating to the Sab Wai Villagers account:
Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives
Branch Code 0454
Branch Name Nongbuarahew
Account No. 020196885014
Account Name Nittaya Maungklang, Supaporn Sisuk, Narisara Maungklang
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While you're here...
#SaveSabWaiVillagers: Digital campaign supporting Manushya Foundation’s efforts on Sab Wai case.
#SaveSabWaiVillagers: Nittaya's community is under threat of forced evictions & extreme poverty!, 11 August 2022
News Release: Thailand: Stop Forced Evictions of 14 Sab Wai Villagers facing Extreme Poverty & Homelessness!, 5 August 2022
#SaveSompitr: A Story of True Injustice in Thailand, 12 May 2021
News Release: Thailand: End the unfair criminalisation of land rights defenders in Sai Thong National Park, 19 June 2019
Joint Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR): Land-related rights, forest conservation laws and climate change policies, 25 March 2021
Manushya Foundation’s Factsheet to inform Thailand’s Third UPR: Khon Isaan, 9 September 2021
Manushya Foundation’s Factsheet to inform Thailand’s Third UPR: Thailand's False Climate Solutions with Bad Forest Conservation Laws, 13 September 2021
Read our UPR Factsheet People and Planet over Profit, 13 September 2021
Read UPR Factsheet on Adverse Impact of Bilateral and Regional Free Trade Agreements, 29 September 2021
Manushya Foundation, #SaveSompitr: A Story of True Injustice in Thailand, (12 May 2021), available at: https://www.manushyafoundation.org/post/savesompitr-a-story-of-true-injustice-in-thailand
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