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Displaced Karen threaten to return

The Save Bang Kloy coalition throws red paint at the sign of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry in July 2021 to protest Thailand’s proposed listing of Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex as a World Heritage site. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

Karen villagers evicted from Bang Kloy Bon, and Chai Phaendin forest villages in part of Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi in 1996 are threatening to return to the villages.

A government panel has been asked to fix land grievances. The villagers want to be updated on its progress by the end of this month or are threatening to return.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha formed it on Feb 3 last year. The panel is investigating the land dispute between the Karen villagers and the…

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