Indigenous rights deserve a break

Exactly a year ago this month, a group of indigenous Karen forest dwellers left their resettlement village in Kaeng Krachan National Park to go back to Bang Kloy Bon and Jai Paen Din, their ancestral homes deep in the jungle. They were immediately arrested and sent to jail.

For the forest authorities, the Karen forest dwellers violated the law by encroaching on forest land. For the Karen, they were returning to their motherland after officials burned down more than 100 homes to force them to live in a resettlement village.

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Bangkok Post Reporter