Long before Belt & Road projects were seen as sovereignty-eroding debt traps, Bangkok’s military rulers were tactfully resisting the terms and reach of Beijing’s advances.
From Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos, to Indonesia, the impacts from transborder investments were discussed at the forum organised by Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission and Forest People Programme. It ends tomorrow.
A forum addressed the “global crisis” of killings and abuses linked to land. Several attendees were former members of Mother Nature Cambodia, an activist group heavily targeted by authorities.
Activists say inequality is built into negotiation system, smaller countries being drowned out
Community and conservation groups in Myanmar say the planned highway linking a port project to Thailand will uproot indigenous people from their homes and farms.
Climate change negotiations were mostly between the superpower nations, the elite and big conglomerates. The poor on the frontline are hit the hardest but don’t have a voice: activist.
Despite no official record, some believed the number of kidnapped and unregistered workers could be up to 200,000.
This was very much an avoidable manmade tragedy caused by poor design, construction and operation.
Lao hydraulic infrastructure frequently induces systemic, path-dependent and disruptive socio-ecological transformations.