Just five years. That is the time required by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to stay in power for the so-called transition period to fulfill its "Big Brother" role after the election, making sure the new elected government will not stray from the reform path crafted by the junta.
A grassroots network has lashed out at the use of special powers to "fast track" mandatory environmental impact assessments (EIA) for megaprojects.
A network of 46 civic groups, including Sueb Nakhasathien Foundation (SNF) and the Stop Global Warming Association (SGWA), issued a statement Wednesday, calling on the government to scrap an order issued on Monday by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief.
RAYONG – Villagers in Muang district have won a long-running case in the Administrative Court, which on Wednesday revoked the order establishing the Lakchai Muang Yang industrial estate in their area.
The LK-Rubber Industrial City Hub was being developed by Bangkok-based Tribeca Enterprise Co Ltd, a subsidiary of rubber firm Thai Hua group.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reiterated the country's commitment to sustainable development to representatives of the G77, a coalition of developing countries in the United Nations, at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
As the current chairman of G77, he urged member countries to do the same and work together to promote sustainable development.
Last September, the premier also told the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York that he supported pro-people, inclusive development that respects the rule of law.
Now he must prove true to his words.
The group that calls itself the Public Referendum Website Network comprising Ilaw, online news agency Prachathai website and Mahidol University's Human Rights and Peace Studies held a press conference, opposing restrictions on them in holding two seminars about the charter draft at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) yesterday.
Following fierce criticism from civic and grassroots groups, the Charter Drafting Committee (CDC) has finally promised to include community rights clauses in the draft charter. Violent conflicts over the exploitation of natural resources still loom large, however, when the military government insists on bypassing land zoning laws to back environmentally destructive industries.
The CDC has done the right thing by listening to people on the ground. The military government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) should do the same to protect the environment and public health.
Environmental activists and local communities affected by development and power plant projects have renewed calls for the prime minister to revoke his orders speeding up the approval process for them.
They gathered Tuesday at the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, opposite Government House, to renew their calls. The protest group consisted of some 100 activists and residents from various provinces, including Krabi, Chachoengsao and Pathum Thani.
Unless something is done, Thailand is going to be buried with garbage. The numbers are more than clear. According to the Pollution Control Department's 2014 report, Thais generate 27 million tonnes a year, but only 7.2 million tonnes are disposed of properly, leaving 19 million tonnes of leftover trash every year.
Environmental and health assessments must be conducted before the construction of power plants despite orders issued under Section 44 to clear the way for the development of 10 special economic zones (SEZs), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed yesterday.
The premier asserted that construction of power plants will depend on environment and health impact assessment (EHIA) reports and environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies.
The government's decision to speed up its controversial energy and development programmes is deeply disappointing. It has decided to press ahead with them without consulting the communities involved. It also is determined to bypass many environmental checks. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is employing the draconian Section 44 of the temporary constitution, a doomed provision that will soon expire.