Hot! Activists Ask Thailand to Investigate Murder

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Activist group Human Rights Watch is asking Thai authorities to investigate the murder of Prajob Nao-opas, a prominent environmentalist.

Last week, Prajob was shot in Chachoengsao province. The gunmen fled the scene, and Prajob died on the way to the hospital.

Human Rights Watch said the Thai government’s actions to “protect human rights defenders, including environmentalists, who stand up for their communities have consistently proved to be inadequate.”

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Prajob was working to expose the dumping of toxic waste in the province. Water sources and farmland in the region have been contaminated by toxic substances with carcinogenic levels 30 times that of the safety level.

In December 2012, Prajob told his family that he had heard rumors there would be an attempt on his life.

The group reports that since 2001, more than 30 human rights defenders and environmentalists have been murdered in Thailand. They claim the death of the environmentalist is another example of the government’s failure to protect activist citizens.

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