Assembly of the Poor is a nationwide movement of rural and urban grassroots groups in Thailand organizing to collectively defend and promote the rights of the poor.

Human Rights Defenders in Thailand are facing harassment, and defamation. Those who fight for land rights are particularly at risk as they are accused of representing a threat to the countries economic development.

In the Nakhon Phanom region, local communities have been facing problems related to land rights and access to natural resources, as well as threats of dislocation.

Assembly of the Poor is organizing communities in their defense of land, including mobilizing protests and providing legal and capacity building support.

Anne Lapapan Supamanta is a human rights defender from the Assembly of the Poor.

ANNE helps communities to fight for their rights when the government attempts to DISPLACED them to build mega-projects.

While the State offers compensation, many communities have little legal knowledge or capacity to secure their rights. As a result they almost almost never access their compensation and do not know if it is adequate. If they do not sign the compensation documents demanded by the government, they get reported to the police and usually end up in jail.

We have seen scores of victims becomes human rights defenders once they are aware of their rights. The people who are in the 'privileged class' can also become human rights defenders for others if they are aware of the issues at hand. The key is to raise awareness of the injustice and the inequality - Anne Lapapan Supamanta.
'We need to organize in a global effort. we need to create an international solidarity of people.' - Anne LAPAPAN SUMANTA


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