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HRD Spotlight: Supoj Kansong, Thailand

About the Situation

On 8 April 2016, human rights defender Mr Supoj Kansong was seriously injured outside Khong Sai Pattana community, Chai Buri district, Surat Thani province as a result of gunshots fired by an unidentified man.

On 8 April 2016, Supoj Kansong was driving to his village in Chai Buri district, when the tyres of his car were punctured by nails lying on the road. The human rights defender continued to drive until he was again targeted, this time by eight gunshots while passing the Khong Sai Pattana community. Supoj Kansong was seriously injured in several places including his right thigh, hip and leg but survived the attack. He was taken to the Chai Buri Hospital and subsequently transferred to Surat Thani Provincial Hospital, where he is currently receiving all the necessary medical treatment. The family of the human rights defender has filed a complaint regarding the attack with the Chai Buri Police Station.

About Supoj Kansong

Supoj KansongSupoj Kansong is a land rights defender from Khlong Sai Pattana community in Chai Buri district of Surat Thani province. He is also the key witness in the criminal case of murdered human rights defender Mr Chai Bunthonglek, opened on 21 May 2015 by the Wiang Sra Public Prosecutor. Chai Bunthonglek, who worked at the Southern Peasant’s Federation of Thailand (SPFT), was killed on 11 February 2015 in Khlong Sai Pattana community. SPFT is a network that was formed in 2008, campaigning for the right to agricultural land in the Surat Thani province and other areas in the region.

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