It is estimated that at least 6.5 million people across Thailand will be out of work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For landless farmers like Suwalee Phongam from Sab Wai village in Chaiyaphum, the crisis only adds hardship to a life already hanging in the balance.
“Isaan people have become more rights-conscious, which means they won’t submit to anyone easily. No one can mess with them anymore because they won’t allow it,” says former human rights commissioner Sunee Chaiyarot in this interview on human rights in Isaan.
The Isaan Record18/01/2020
After the eviction deadline for Baw Kaew was extended in a surprise decision on Monday, villagers and their supporters celebrated their tentative victory. But the community’s decade-long battle for their right to land is set to escalate again when the extension expires in late September.
The Isaan Record30/08/2019
As the deadline for the eviction of Baw Kaew village draws closer, community members are calling on political parties for help. Last Saturday, Future Future Party politicians to discuss solutions to resolve the decade-long land dispute.
The Isaan Record22/08/2019
Manushya Foundation and the ThaiBusiness & Human Rights Network call on the Thai authorities to drop all charges against the 14 residents of Sab Wai village in the Sai Thong national park case.
The Isaan Record10/07/2019
International civil society organizations urge the government to drop all charges against 14 land and human rights defenders from Chaiyaphum’s Sab Wai village.
The Isaan Record04/07/2019
For decades, the state has been giving and taking away land rights, and forest communities have consistently been caught in the crossfire.
The Isaan Record19/12/2018
Up against old fashioned laws and a generational divide in the justice system, a pro-bono lawyer defends human rights in the Northeast.
The Isaan Record06/12/2018
Residents of a national forest reserve in Ubon Ratchathani Province want to have a final resolution over a land dispute that has been dragging on for more than forty years.