Thailand’s Karen Tribes Say UNESCO's Certificate Might Lead to Diminished Rights

Phinnapha Phrueksaphan, Billy’s wife, and her children at the seminar on plan to nominate national parks and protected areas in the western region as UNESCO’s natural world heritage on 17 April 2015.

(Prachatai English)

BANGKOK – The Karen tribes living in protected areas and national parks of western Thailand are worrying about losing their livelihood and being sidelined when the areas are declared UNESCO’s natural world heritage.

On Friday, network of western Thailand’s Karen tribes and officers of Kaeng Krachan National Park of the western province of Ratchaburi held a seminar at Kaeng Krachan Park Cultural Center in the province to build up understandings about the plan to nominate national parks and protected areas in the region as UNESCO’s natural world heritage.

The seminar which was additionally accompanied by Karen cultural activities was also organised to commemorate the enforced disappearance of Porlajee Rakchongcharoen, aka. Billy, a Karen human rights defender, who disappeared on 17 April 2014.

 

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