Thailand: Indigenous rights organizations request World Heritage Committee to defer inscription of Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex as a Natural World Heritage Site

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    18 October 2016

    In the context of recent court judgements on forced evictions of Karen indigenous people from Kaeng Krachan National Park and latest communication from the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to Thailand on the situation, three indigenous rights organizations wrote to the World Heritage Committee requesting deferral of inscription of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex as a Natural World Heritage Site.

    The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, reconvened in Paris and completing an agenda begun in Istanbul in July, is scheduled to consider the proposed inscription. The organizations – International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) – requested that the nomination deferred (rather than simply referred again) to enable the Royal Thai Government to take the necessary steps to reformulate the nomination dossier and the approach to collaborative management on the ground in Kaeng Krachan National Park.

    Click here to read the letter to the World Heritage Committee.