It's time to end land rights double standards

It's time to end land rights double standards

Activists from the P-Move activist group gather outside Government House asking why efforts to resolve land disputes facing the poor have stalled since the National Council for Peace and Order came to power in May 2014. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)xx
Activists from the P-Move activist group gather outside Government House asking why efforts to resolve land disputes facing the poor have stalled since the National Council for Peace and Order came to power in May 2014. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)xx

While the judiciary's scandalous housing estate in the sacred forest of Doi Suthep is receiving tacit government support, the military is rounding up community leaders in the North to prevent them from joining street protests in Bangkok to stop violent forest evictions.

This is a classic double standard and injustice in the world's third most unequal country under military rule.

"People and the forest can live together in harmony," declared the judiciary to legitimise their one-billion-baht housing scheme.

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Sanitsuda Ekachai

Former editorial pages editor

Sanitsuda Ekachai is a former editorial pages editor, Bangkok Post. She writes on social issues, gender, and Thai Buddhism.

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