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14 Nov 2014

Prachatai English (Thailand)

Thailand: Military turns up in lawyer-client meeting on dam case; permission needed for client meetings, lawyer told

“Military interrupts private meeting of lawyer, clients in Isan”, 12 November 2014

Military and police officers…interrupted a private meeting between a lawyer and her clients in northeastern Udon Thani Province, while they were discussing a case related to the environmental impact of a dam. The military also told the lawyer to ask for permission for every meeting with her clients…[T]he military allowed the meeting to continue, but did not leave the venue and observed the talk, according to Sor Rattanamanee Polka, the lawyer from the Community Resources Centre (CRC). The officers also collected documents related to the cases…The meeting was to discuss the case against the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), in which 20 villagers affected by the construction of the Xayaburi hydroelectric dam on the Lower Mekong River in northern Laos are co-plaintiffs…

Part of the following timelines

Thailand: Court accepts villagers’ lawsuit on transboundary impacts of Xayaburi Dam in neighbouring Laos

Xayaburi dam lawsuit (re Laos & Thailand)