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.
“That’s a threat. I’m afraid enough as it is. Stop your threatening me,” Nittaya Muangklang spits back at a national park officer in argument over the eviction of her village, a fate that many communities of small-scale farmers in the park are facing.
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.