- Year: 2016
- Duration: 23 minutes
- Country: Thailand
- Language: Thai with English and Malay Subtitle
A big fallen tree was cut into pieces. Old planks for repairing a house were confiscated. Poetic songs were sing by a Karen woman. An elder from the north prayed for an elder from the west. The Karen people of Bangkloi went to the administrative court to hear the verdict regarding the case that the national park authorities burnt down their houses and rice, and force them out of their ancestors’ land.
Freedom Talk: Southeast Asia(SEA) Land Rights-Ground Wars and Court Battles
“Land is life, without land there will be no life” is a popular slogan and dictum of many different indigenous peoples in the SEA region. But history records a sad tale of indigenous peoples having to defend and battle for their ancestral and customary lands for the past hundreds of years. Today this tragic trend continues to plague indigenous communities across the region. In this session land rights activists from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines will share stories, exchange experiences and identify similar concerns and trends, and recognize the differences in their situations of land struggles across the SEA region. Exchange views and reflect together with representatives from the indigenous communities with regards to this life and death situation for hundreds and thousands of indigenous peoples in the region.
- Date: 7 September 2017
- Time: 2.30pm - 5.00pm
- Session: 19