THAILAND: EU reps hear about mine, rights woes

Officials learn of villagers’ fear of heavy metal contamination

EUROPEAN UNION representatives on Saturday investigated alleged human rights violations in communities near the Chatree gold mine in Loei’s Wang Saphung district.

A team from Rangsit University also collected 500 blood and urine samples from residents at Thoongyao Temple in Phitsanulok’s Noen Maprang district, which is near the Chatree Mining Complex, to check for heavy metal levels in their bodies.

Some 20 representatives from eight countries – Poland, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Germany, Canada and the Czech Republic – met with villagers who oppose the gold mine operation in Loei. They insisted that they wouldn’t interfere in Thai politics.

A Rangsit University team draws blood from the arm of a boy during the second blood and urine sample collection in Phitsanulok
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About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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