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Thailand: Protect Environmental Defenders, Ensure Remedies

New Release 02 October 2018

New report reveals decade of violations against environmental defenders in Loei Province

Thai authorities and a Thai gold-mining company have targeted and violated the rights of local environmental defenders involved in opposing a gold mine in northeastern Thailand for more than a decade, Fortify Rights said today in a new report. The Government of Thailand should investigate and prosecute perpetrators who attacked local community members and provide remedies and reparations for those whose rights were abused and violated.

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Thailand to ban electronic waste imports after China move

Al Jazeera English 25 September 2018 | Wayne Hay

Thailand will stop importing most types of electronic waste within six months.

So far this year, it has seen an influx of waste arriving in the country, after China enforced a similar ban.

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Weathering the cost of climate change mitigation challenge

The Nation 15 September 2018 | PIYAPORN WONGRUANG

Thailand is getting more serious with the new climate mitigation obligation under the UN framework.

As Thailand leaps towards economic development with an ambitious goal to become a developed country over the next 20 years, it has become more committed to address climate change in the hope that it would help sustain future economic growth.

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‘Climate change a global health risk’

The Nation 10 September 2018 | PRATCH RUJIVANAROM

UN CONFERENCE HEARS NEED FOR MITIGATION MEASURES AND STRONG HEALTH SYSTEM

CLIMATE CHANGE is causing serious health threats and is capable of triggering a deadly global pandemic, doctors have warned.

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Waste Crisis in Thailand - the world's new dumping ground

Thai PBS, Broadcasted on 07 September 2018 | Backpack Journalist

TV Report (In Thai) on Thailand & E-Waste Crisis

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2,000 illegal containers to return home

Bangkok Post 07 September 2018

Thailand is trying to ship more than 2,000 containers currently held at local ports back to their countries of origin after their owners were unable to claim them.

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Support Grows to Control Plastic Waste in International Trade Treaty

06 September 2018

Global Partnership for Action on Plastic Waste Also Proposed

Geneva – The 11th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Basel Convention, the world’s only international treaty on waste control, concluded with widespread and growing support for a proposal by Norway to add plastic waste to the list of wastes subject to the trade controls under the convention.

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Thailand to ban e-waste, plastic imports

DPA / Sydney Morning Herald 16 August 2018

Bangkok: The Thai government will ban imports of electronic and plastic waste following reports of massive piles of scrap are turning the country it into the "world's garbage bin," local media reports say.

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Activists plan lawsuits over farm chemicals

The Nation 14 August 2018 | Pratch Rujivanarom

ACTIVISTS ARE planning to launch lawsuits against policymakers for their failure to ban certain hazardous agrochemicals in Thailand, following victories in two separate cases in the United States against major US agriculture conglomerate Monsanto.

Consumer protection organisations and the committee for healthcare system reform yesterday disclosed their decisions to sue the Hazardous Substance Committee and other related agencies for allowing the use of three harmful chemicals – paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos – by citing the successful examples of similar lawsuits in the US as role models.

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Australia urged to restrict Monsanto's Roundup after US court rules it caused cancer

The Guardian 13 August 2018 | Naaman Zhou

Greenpeace says government should be ‘exercising the precautionary principle’ until more studies conducted

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