Published on December 22nd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan1
Thai Climate Activists Sue Prime Minister
Thailand has been nailed by catastrophic floods this year. We’ve covered the story several times. Apparently, a lot of Thai activists are upset with the Prime Minister’s handling of these floods and are suing.
“Thai climate change activists from the Stop Global Warming Association on Wednesday led 300 flood victims in suing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and 10 government agencies for their inadequate response and mismanagement in the recent flood crisis,” a Thai news agency reports.
“Environmentalist Srisuwan Janya, who heads the anti-global warming group, was first plaintiff representing 352 flood victims–joint plaintiffs–in filing suit at Thailand’s Administrative Court, demanding that the defendants financially compensate those affected by the flood for the actual cost of damages.
“Stop Global Warming also demanded the government to ready a Bt2 billion budget annually for a flood victims’ rehabilitation fund. The fund would be increased by 5 per cent annually or in accord with inflation.
“The 11 defendants were the prime minister, the Flood Relief Operations Centre (FROC) chief, the agriculture and cooperatives minister, the interior minister, the director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department, the director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, the director-general of the Water Resources Department, the director-general of the Pollution Control Department, the director of the National Disaster Warning Centre, the director-general of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning and the governor of Bangkok.”
Reportedly, this won’t be the last group to sue the government on this matter.