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Reprisals Against Environmental Defenders in Loei Province, Thailand

For more than a decade, members of Khon Rak Ban Kerd Group (KRBKG) or “People Who Love Their Homeland,” a community-based organization of environmental defenders, have demanded accountability and protection from the alleged adverse impacts of a gold mine in Loei Province, northeast Thailand. They have faced reprisals and violations of their basic rights as a result of their activism.

This report documents human rights violations and abuses against KRBKG members and other environmental defenders in Loei Province, including restrictions on their rights to liberty and security, rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and right to a healthy environment.

Based on a three-year-long investigation involving more than 59 interviews with survivors and eyewitnesses,government officials, and others in multiple locations in Thailand, “We Fight to Protect Our Home”: Reprisals Against Environmental Defenders in Loei Province, Thailand” details the laws, policy, and business practices used to violate the rights of environmental defenders in Thailand and makes recommendations for the Government of Thailand and business entities in Thailand to protect the work of human rights defenders and provide effective remedies.

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