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28 Nov 2016

AFP (Bangkok Post)

UN chastises Thailand over unsolved murders of land rights activists

“UN chastises Thailand over unsolved murders” 28 Nov 2016

The United Nations chastised Thailand…for a series of murders of land activists which have gone unpunished, highlighting the kingdom's shockingly poor record in solving such killings.

The UN's regional human rights office (OHCHR) said it felt compelled to speak out after an appeals court in the South upheld the acquittal of the sole suspect in the murder of an activist last year.

Chai Bungthonglek was gunned down at his home in Surat Thani in February 2015 by a killer who sped off on a motorbike.

He was the fourth leader of a local group which campaigns against land expropriations by palm oil companies to be murdered since 2010.

No one has been convicted over the killings…