Development policies as bad as the tsunami, surviv…

Development policies as bad as the tsunami, survivors say - The Nation, December 25, 2008
...Many local people without identity cards to prove they were Thai citizens - officially "stateless" but who had lived in areas for a long time - were also forced to leave. Sea gypsies such as Urak Lawoi and Moken ethnic groups were among those now facing settlement insecurity.
"Some people have lived in Thailand for up to 50 years. Yet, because they have no right to register their births, they have no other basic rights. When they are harassed, they cannot even lodge a complaint with police," Maitree said.
Currently, there were lawsuits seeking to evict up to 2,258 families in 28 communities...

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