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23 Jul 2015

Pianporn Deetes, International Rivers

Thai Court Holds Hope for Transboundary Justice in the Mekong

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It has been just over a year since the case was accepted by the Thai Supreme Administrative Court, in an unprecedented decision which signified the Court’s recognition of the importance of the Mekong River to lives and livelihoods of communities in Thailand, and the potential devastating transboundary impacts of the Xayaburi Dam, which have heretofore been denied by both the Thai project developer, Ch Karnchang, and the government of Laos…The lawsuit has become a regional case study, as it pioneers the use of legal mechanisms in holding government agencies and companies accountable for their involvement in cross-border projects and upholding the rights of local communities…Our hope is that the Xayaburi Dam case will set an important precedent and act as a new mechanism to protect communities, their natural resources and the environment…