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Authorities cancel forum on 99-year leases for foreign investors

Apr 19. 2017
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By The Nation

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Authorities have ordered that an academic seminar scheduled for Sunday be postponed because it would feature criticism of the government’s policy to lease land to foreign investors for 99 years.

Kasetsart University lecturer and seminar panellist Decharut Sukkumnoed posted on Facebook that the seminar had been ordered to be cancelled, with the military, police and local authorities stating that the 99-year investment policy had not been officially implemented.

The Thai Lawyer for Human Rights Centre also reported on Twitter that soldiers visited the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation Office in Nonthaburi and asked the foundation to cancel the event, which had been scheduled to take place at its offices.

The centre also reported that the military had asked the foundation to hand over a list of its committee members.

Although the seminar has been cancelled, Decharut said he would still discuss the 99-year land lease policy on Sunday at another public venue.

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