Thailand: Mekong activists advocate for an intl. law to protect basin & people; says China’s adoption of UN Guiding Principles good for the river

Author: The Nation, Published on: 26 December 2017

"Mekong activists demand international law regulating development projects", 21 December 2017

A network of Thai people living along the Mekong River are advocating an international law to protect the environment and human rights regarding international investments in the river basin, as the major lifeline is threatened by multiple projects.

Thai...working group met…concluding that the Mekong was under imminent threat of irreversible damage by proposed hydropower dam projects….

China’s potential cancellation of the Mekong River navigation channel improvement project was also a major discussion topic. The…Chinese government had recently passed a new law forcing the Chinese investment board…ensure that investments did not affect the environment or violate human rights. 

Community Resources Centre coordinator Sor Rattanamanee Polkla said China’s adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights was good news, resulting in a more positive trend of development on the river.

However, Sor Rattanamanee emphasised the need for an international law to safeguard the environment and human rights in the Mekong River region….

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