EARTH Thailand


Was Your Smartphone Built in a Sweatshop?

The Nation, 02 January 2018 | Michelle Chen

An investigation of two Samsung factories in Vietnam shows the darker side of the global tech supply chain.

Where did the slick smartphone you got for the holidays come from? You might imagine a remote futuristic industrial park, with robotic assembly lines whirring in ultra-efficient silence. But the workers assembling your phone are actually real people, and the conditions in which they work are far from humane.


Gunshots heard as residents fear smuggling at Loei gold mine

The Nation 08 December 2017 | Pratch Rujivanarom

Local residents have expressed suspicions that unidentified people tried to transport gold ore from a suspended gold mine in Loei province on Thursday night.

Wiron Rujichaiwat, a resident of Ban Na Nhong Bong village, reported the presence of a truck and two lorries driving in the direction of Thung Kham gold mine in Loei’s Wang Saphung district.


Study finds high pesticide levels in local food

The Nation 03 December 2017 | Pratch Rujivanarom

NGOs call for law forcing industry to declare discharge of toxic substances

Recent research has disclosed that serious contamination from persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and herbicides in food and the environment poses health threats to the Thai public.

The research, from Ecological Alert and Recovery–Thailand (EARTH) and Thailand Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN), found that Samut Sakhon had the highest levels of dioxin contamination. The level of contaminants known as polybrominated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PBDD/Fs) was 33 times higher than EU ...<


UN rights body criticises Thailand over power-plant protest crackdown

The Nation 30 November 2017

The United Nations has criticised the Thai government for the suppression of a peaceful demonstration against Thepa coal-fired power plant, while domestic human rights groups have stressed that the authorities’ action violated many articles of the current constitution.

The UN Human Rights Office released the statement on Wednesday denouncing the protest crackdown by the police and the arrests of prominent coal-fired power plant opponents. It called on the government to drop charges against all those arrested.


Protesters demand release of activists

The Nation 29 November 2017

Prayut denies human rights at stake as Songkhla power plant dispute continues

CONSERVATIONISTS and local residents in southern Songkhla province gathered in front of the provincial court yesterday demanding the immediate release of 15 anti-coal-fired power plant protesters arrested on Monday as they attempted to submit a petition to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.


Charges levelled against 16 anti-power plant activists after police break up Songkhla protest

The Nation 28 November 2017  

All 16 activists arrested on Tuesday for protesting against the planned Thepa coal-fired power plant face four charges and will remain in detention at Songkhla Provincial Court, unless they are granted bail.

Provincial Police Regional 9 acting commander Pol Lt-General Ronnasin Phusara disclosed that the 16 prominent anti-coal-fired power plant activists, who were currently in police custody, had been arrested on four charges after staging a protest without permission.


Scuffle with protesters mars PM’s visit to South

The Nation 28 November 2017

Opponents of Thepha coal-fired plant disrupt Prayut’s Songkhla trip

A SCUFFLE between security officers and Thepha coal-fired power plant opponents occurred yesterday in downtown Songkhla, reportedly resulting in minor injuries and 10 people being taken to the local police station.

The confrontation occurred the day before a mobile Cabinet meeting scheduled for today in Songkhla. The power plant opponents had marched over 80 kilometres from Thepha district in an attempt to meet Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to hand him a formal complaint against the project.


Three injured in oil tanker explosion in Chon Buri

The Nation 28 November 2017  

An oil tanker exploded inside a factory at the Amata Nakhon Industrial Estate in Chon Buri on Tuesday afternoon, injuring three workers, police said.

Police said the explosion occurred at 1.30pm after a blaze started during the unloading of oil from a tanker to a storage tank.


Ministry inspects Samsung Vietnam over worker mistreatment

Vienam Net 27 November 2017

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs have announced the result of the investigation at Samsung Vietnam that was accused of mistreating workers by Sweden's International POPs Elimination Network.

Nguyen Tien Tung, chief inspector at the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said they had sent two teams to inspect Samsung's factories in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen provinces. 


Contaminated eggs found in areas near factories

Bangkok Post 26 November 2017

The government has been urged to make a serious effort to combat persistent organic pollutants (POPS), toxic byproducts from industrial processes, from damaging the environment after a recent study found unsafe levels of POPs in eggs collected near factories in Samut Sakhon and Khon Kaen.

Though the levels of POPs were not alarming, levels of contamination in eggs from free-range chickens were "rather high", suggesting some types of POPs are entering the food chain, according to the study, unveiled by environmental groups Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) and the Czech-based Arnika Association.