Loei Province, Thailand, September 20, 2015
A gold mine company is threatening to sue a high school student who reported the environmental effects of mining activities in Isan, Thailand’s northeast.
On 4 September 2015, Suphab Phrommanee, the village chief of Ban Phuthapfa Phattana, Khao Luang Subdistrict, Wang Saphung District, Loei Province, summoned Wanphen Khunna, a grade 10 student from Si Songkhram School and her family for a talk at his house on 6 September 2015.
There, the high school student and her family found themselves being interrogated by representatives of Tungkam Co. Ltd., a gold mining company operating in the district, and officials from the subdistrict.
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