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Rare human rights event gathers Isaan communities and foreign diplomats

Among heavy security presence, hundreds of Isaan community members and foreign missions from five countries gathered at a rare human rights event last week in Maha Sarakham.

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Isaan’s rickshaw drivers pedal into an unknown future

Cycle rickshaws have survived both Thailand’s rapid modernisation and a ban from the streets of Bangkok. But almost 150 years after making its first appearance, the three-wheeled vehicle is becoming a rare sight in the Northeast.

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New push for potash mining hits opposition in Isaan

As mining companies are rushing to dig up one of the world’s largest potash deposits, local opposition is growing in the Northeast

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Bonnie Brereton: finding democracy in Buddhist murals

Art historian Dr. Bonnie Brereton talks about Buddhist murals as a “democratic vision of society,” and a growing recognition of the shared culture in a region stretching from central Isaan to Laos.




Fortify Rights: Journalists back on trial for defamation of mining company

The trial against four Thai PBS journalists for a news report on a gold mine in Loei Province continues after Thailand’s Appeal Court overturned an earlier ruling.

Patterns of intimidation – Authorities target activists and their families in the Northeast

Activists in the Northeast say authorities have been harassing their families through unannounced home visits and phone calls.

Meet the grannies leading an anti-mining movement [VIDEO]

Grandmothers, activists, and businesswomen - the Radical Grandma Collective is slowly but surely changing one village in the mountains of Northeast Thailand.

Sakon Nakhon anti-mining activist files police complaint over intimidation

An environmental activist in Sakon Nakhon filed a complaint with the provincial police, contending that a man who claimed to be a police officer had threatened his family.

Why We Walk: Lertsak Kumkongsak – “We will not stop”

Activist Lertsak Kumkongsak tells his story of why he joined the "We Walk" campaign.