Isan Civil Society Urges Junta to Lift Martial Law

Anti-coup activists protest Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen, 19 November 2014

(Prachatai English)

BANGKOK  – Northeastern NGOs have urged the junta to reconsider the implementation of the Return the Forest policies, stating that they have aggravated serious human rights violations against the poor while the rich are left untouched.

The NGO Coordinating Committee on Development (NGO-COD) of Isan, Thailand’s Northeast, issued a statement on Thursday against the implementation of the junta’s Return the Forest policies, pointing out that thousands of poor farmers will be affected by the authoritarian measures, which force people off the land while keeping them silent under martial law.

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