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22 Feb 2016

Kongpob Areerat, Prachatai (Thailand)

Thailand: Community rights over land & resources said to be at risk under military govt’s draft constitution

“Draft charter leaves embattled communities destitute”, 9 Feb 2016

After years of fighting for rights over land and resources, communities living on disputed land or standing on the way of state megaprojects are to be left destitute under the new draft constitution written by the junta-appointed Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC)…

Under the new draft constitution referred to as 20/2, the second draft of the country’s 20th constitution, Section 44 will no longer be necessary for removing obstacles hindering state projects because this draft will undermine community rights over land and resources, leaving them at the mercy of state authorities… 

…The economics lecturer further said that the draft constitution will also make it possible for the state to go ahead with its projects without having to conduct Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) or Environmental Health Impact Assessments (EHIA)…