Gold mining operation sues activists in ThailandPhoto: Protesters in Loei, Thailand. Photo by: Protection International

A group of human rights defenders in Northeast Thailand has been forced into a frivolous and damaging case in court, due to their attempts to protect community resources against a gold mining operation. The electronics industry is the third largest user of gold for the production of mobile phones, computers and other consumer electronics.

Gold mining operation sues activists in ThailandPhoto: Protesters in Loei, Thailand. Photo by: Protection International

A group of human rights defenders in Northeast Thailand has been forced into a frivolous and damaging case in court, due to their attempts to protect community resources against a gold mining operation. The electronics industry is the third largest user of gold for the production of mobile phones, computers and other consumer electronics.*

According to Thailand’s Rights Coalition, Protection International  and the Community Resource Centre, Tungkhum Limited is seeking 50 million Baht (around USD $1.4 million) in a civil defamation lawsuit from six Khon Rak Ban Kerd Village leaders for a banner they erected at the entrance to their village.

Read more about the situation here.

 

*According to a recent report by SOMO.