The Supreme Court of Thailand confirmed a three-year sentence against Kong Phongsakban, a 64-year-old farmer from Jatrabiab village in Sakon Nakhon Province who was charged with encroaching on government land.
Our Isaan folk tales series today takes us to Nakhon Phanom in the corner of the Northeast and back west to Sakon Nakhon. Today’s tales recount the stories behind some of the region’s most important temples and lakes.
The ongoing clash between the government’s forest reclamation policy and community land rights in the Northeast came to a head on October 21st. At the provincial court in Sakon Nakhon Province, nine villagers from Jatrabiab village received their sentences for encroaching on protected forests.