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Pianporn Deetes

Thailand and Myanmar Campaigns Director of International Rivers

Pianporn Deetes is Thailand and Myanmar Campaigns Director of International Rivers.

Pianporn Deetes
19 Jun 2021

Humanitarian catastrophe on the Salween River

'I can't figure it out. Thai officials told us to leave and [we'll] probably have to end up living in the forest. We need to squeeze ourselves among the cracks of the ravines to keep ourselves safe from airstrikes by the Myanmar army," Naw Lay Bue, a Karen housewife with her three-month-old baby in her arms, told me in an interview in March, a few days after she and other villagers fled to Thailand following air raids launched by the Myanmar army in Karen State.

19 Jun 2021 5
Humanitarian catastrophe on the Salween River
8 Mar 2021

Women bear highest cost of injustice

Soithip, an ethnic Karen-Thai woman from Bang Kloi in the Kaeng Krachan Forest, was among 22 villagers who were rounded up last Friday by state authorities and put behind bars at the Phetchaburi Provincial Prison. Returning to their ancestral land in the forest is a crime in the eye of the state.

8 Mar 2021 6
Women bear highest cost of injustice
26 Sep 2020

Salween diversion project enters troubled waters

Over the past few months, the Irrigation Department and the House Committee Review of Integrated River Basin Management have been heavily promoting an inter-basin water diversion scheme. Planned projects will divert water across Thailand, incorporating international river basins, including the Mekong and Salween, to address "water shortages" in Thailand.

26 Sep 2020 1
14 Mar 2020

Karen fear ravages from river diversion schemes

Muesaw Chokedilok, an ethnic Karen woman from Thailand's Kaburdin Village in Chiang Mai's Omkoi district, hops aboard an old pickup truck for a rugged ride up the mountain. With her are a group of housewives from the same village, all clad in cotton handwoven clothes with beaded lace and colourful headscarves. They are on the way to meet a group of journalists from Bangkok. Their village is at least four hours by car to Muang Chiang Mai.

14 Mar 2020
Karen fear ravages from river diversion schemes
14 Nov 2017

Mekong accountability

The Supreme Administrative Court will hear a lawsuit against the Pak Beng dam in Laos, acknowledging Thai responsibility to consult on cross-border projects.

14 Nov 2017
Mekong accountability
21 Sep 2017

Energy from abroad

Plans to meet future energy needs centre on controversial projects in Myanmar and Laos and do not account for decreasing demands.

21 Sep 2017 2
Energy from abroad
22 May 2017

Respect for neighbours

As Thailand expands its economy within the region, it is critical to protect the rights of local communities and the environment in neighbouring nations.

22 May 2017
Respect for neighbours
29 Sep 2016

Power struggle

To get more electricity, Egat and the government disregarded human rights, the significance of the Salween and livelihoods of its communities.

29 Sep 2016 3
Power struggle
23 Jun 2016

Rethink Thai investment

Aung San Suu Kyi hopes for key investments from Thailand, but the Myanmar leader must consider the environmental costs of Dawei and hydropower projects.

23 Jun 2016
Rethink Thai investment
5 Mar 2016

Right way forward for the Mekong River

This week in Vientiane, the hydropower industry gather to attend the International Conference and Exhibition...

5 Mar 2016
Right way forward for the Mekong River