UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS' COMMUNICATION TO THE THAI FOREIGN MINISTRY ON THE SAI THONG NATIONAL PARK CASE
19 AUGUST 2019
Following Manushya Foundation Submission to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders & relevant special procedure mandates on 23 June 2019, the UN Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment; the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non- discrimination in this context; the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; and the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights sent a Communication to the Thai Foreign Ministry to express their concerns on the conviction of 14 land rights defenders in Chayaphum Province and the misuse of the Forest Reclamation Policy and related NCPO Orders 64 and 66/2014.
The UN Special Rapporteurs highlighted that the government should uphold human rights, while protecting the environment, therefore it is crucial that conservation policies integrate these rights.
With this communication, the UN special Rapporteurs asked the Thai government for clarifications on the case within 60 days.