On women and their role in Thai politics

Edited keynote speech of the forum, “Isaan Women in Politics: Environmental Activism and Democratic Practice,” at Rajabhat Sakon Nakhon University on 25 Ocotober 2019 by Bencharat Sae Chua, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University

ASEAN lawmakers decry court ruling against opposition leader

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights expressed disappointment at today’s ruling from the Constitutional Court disqualifying opposition leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The group calls for an end to the judicial harassment of opposition members and human rights defenders in Thailand.

Dismantle the dams, reform water management in Northeast Thailand

Six decades of dam building, from the dawn of the Cold War to the tenure of the latest military junta are proof of the failure of water management in Isaan. It’s time to dismantle the dams and turn to sustainable approaches, writes environmental expert Chainarong Setthachua.

Should Isaan’s salty treasure be unearthed?

The Northeast is sitting on massive deposits of potash and rock salt. As Thai and foreign investors are preparing to dig up this treasure, local communities worry about an environmental crisis, writes guest contributor Bamphen Chairak.

Isaan’s last free-flowing river is at risk of ecological destruction

Isaan’s last free-flowing river and one of the country’s most ecologically diverse areas is under attack. The government’s water management plans call for dams and watergates to be built on the Songkhram River. If they go ahead, this area will see the same ecological and environmental destruction that other dams in the region have already caused.

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