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6 Jan 2016

Pianporn Deetes, International Rivers

Thai villagers to appeal court decision on Xayaburi dam lawsuit

“Mekong Villagers To Appeal Xayaburi Court Case Decision”, 25 Dec 2015

Thailand’s Administrative Court today found that state agencies involved in the destructive Xayaburi Dam, under construction on the Mekong River, have complied with Thai law by disclosing basic information about the project on their websites…“We are extremely disappointed by the Court’s verdict,…Xayaburi Dam will have far-reaching impacts throughout the basin…However communities have not been meaningfully consulted, nor informed about the project, and no transboundary impact assessment has been carried out”…“While justice has not yet been achieved, we are ready to file an appeal to the Supreme Court…We are confident that this is not the end of the fight for the rights of Mekong communities…This case is very important to Thailand and to the region. It is the first community-filed lawsuit in the region related to dam building on the Mekong River and the first lawsuit on a transboundary project. We hope that through an appeal, Mekong communities in Thailand will receive the justice that they deserve and that the case will enable the country's justice system to cover the extraterritorial obligation of state agencies, companies and banks involved in projects such as the Xayaburi Dam”…  

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Court hears landmark case regarding impacts in Thailand of Laos' Xayaburi Dam

Xayaburi dam lawsuit (re Laos & Thailand)