Pianporn Deetes

Community rights clause not fooling anyone

Date of Release: 
Apr 6 2016

The right of citizens and communities to protect the environment against harmful development projects is now back in the draft constitution, thanks to fierce pressure by civil society nationwide. So people can relax now, right? Not a chance.

Face it. The military regime is in it for the long haul. Their diktats are the ultimate rules of the land. The community rights clause in the draft will be of no help because it has also been heavily diluted, turning active citizens and communities into state vassals.

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At the borders of ecological destruction

Date of Release: 
Jan 18 2016

A new year is often a time for joyful celebration. But Pianporn Deetes bid farewell to 2015 with a heavy heart.

"The Administrative Court gave me the most cruel Christmas ever. My spirit was dampened throughout the New Year period," she said.

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