Activist ‘victim’ of NCPO’s forest policy

Nittaya vows to keep fighting for land rights as Court slaps her with four months in jail, Bt40,000 in fines. THE APPEALS Court yesterday upheld a guilty verdict and jail term against a land-rights activist over forest encroachment. But in the eyes of many, Nittaya Muangklang is just a victim of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s Forest Reclamation Policy. 

Nittaya, who has been strongly defending local people’s right to till land for their livelihoods, received a jail term of at least four months and a fine of Bt40,000 for encroaching on the Sai Thong National Park in Chaiyaphum province. 

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Chularat Saengpassa