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CDC revises provision on community rights in draft constitution

Commission added ‘community rights’ in the charter draft and required projects that have impacts on health to do EIA. At the same time, the revised provision also stipulates that the public have the right to file complaints against state agencies if they fail to comply with this charter.

By Green News TV

Bangkok, Thailand, March 10, 2016

Green News TV

Commission added ‘community rights’ in the charter draft and required projects that have impacts on health to do EIA.  At the same time, the revised provision also stipulates that the public have the right to file complaints against state agencies if they fail to comply with this charter.

Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) spokesman Mr. Chatchai Na Chiangmai said that the CDC agreed to revise a provision on community rights in the charter draft to meet the needs of civil society, NGOs, academics, and media. He reaffirmed these provisions are better that those ones in the 1997 and 2007 charters. A new provision article 41 empowers people to file complaints of neglect of duty against state agencies and state employees.

Article 43 deals with individual and community, they have right to file complaint against state agencies and local governments. The individual and community are protected in the event they wish to conserve, restore or promote intellectual and artistic culture for the country. A new provision article 43/1 deals with the public rights to access official information and public news which are in the possession of the state. However, this doesn’t include information regarding security of a state or state secrets by law.

Article 54 has also been revised that if the states allow the implementation of the projects that affect environment, people’s health, and quality of life, the state must first study and evaluate the impact on the environment, public and communities’ health. And according to the legal provision, it is required that the state hold public hearings of stakeholders before implementing any of these projects.

Read more in Thai language at Green News TV

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