Political activist Srisuwan Janya to sue Thai government over allowing foreign land ownership


Political activist Srisuwan Janya is going to sue the Thai government over a proposal to allow foreign land ownership.

Our previous stories:

The Thai government has clarified in that the policy of land ownership rights to attract high-potential foreigners that it only aims to allow specific foreign investors for housing with not more than 1 rai in specified areas, without selling the entire land.

Mongkolkit Suksintharanon, leader of the Thai Civilized Party, on Monday, October 31st, submitted a request to the Ombudsman, urging the Constitutional Court to repeal the cabinet resolution that grants foreigners to hold land ownership for one rai.

Now for the update:

Political activist Srisuwan Janya today (November 2nd) posted on his Facebook saying the following:

Tomorrow, (November 3rd) Srisuwan is going to the Supreme Administrative Court to sue the cabinet for approval to allow foreigners to buy land in Thailand.

Land resources are national properties which are limited and unable to be increased. We must preserve the land for children, said Srisuwan.

Allowing foreigners to buy land will cause severely bad effects to Thai people. We will lose other things in the future until we have nothing left and foreigners own all our land, Srisuwan added.

Everything will belong to foreigners, investors and powerful people both in Thailand and in other countries. Then, more than 90 percent of normal people and poor people in Thailand will have no rights to land, Srisuwan stated.

Are we going to let powerful people sell our national land and claiming this is for boosting the economy? Srisuwan concluded.

Srisuwan was recently in the media for being attacked while giving a press conference. For more information on that see below:

Political activist Srisuwan Janya was physically attacked at the office of Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) on Tuesday, October 18th, after filing a complaint against Thai stand-up comedian Udom “Note” Taephanich for his alleged critiques about the government during his talk show.

Weerawit Rungrurngsiriphon, 62, said he would turn himself in to the police on Wednesday, October 19th, for attacking political activist Srisuwan Janya on Tuesday.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.