Thai park awarded UNESCO heritage status

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The granting of Unesco World Heritage Site status to a Thai national park is a “big gift,” Thailand’s environment minister said, after warnings from UN human rights experts that Thai authorities force indigenous people to leave the area. On Friday, an institution of impartial UN professionals stated (July 23) that the ethnic Karen network residing withinside the giant Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex close to the Myanmar border was again and again subjected to pressured evictions and arrests withinside the area.
“The World Heritage Committee has given us a significant gift,” said environment minister Varawut Silpa-archa in a government statement on Monday.
“We have worked hard over the last 16 years and have made four bids to get Kaeng Krachan listed as a World Heritage site, and this is the fourth time we have succeeded,” he added.
According to their joint proposal, China and Russia were among the countries that supported Thailand’s request, which made no mention of the ethnic Karen community’s presence.
Thai officials have tried to force the Karen people living in the jungle to leave what they claim is their ancestral home. Ms. Angkhana Neelapaijit, a former Thai human rights commissioner, stated, “The indigenous people who have been living there for more than a hundred years do not have rights to the land of their ancestors.”

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