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Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Governor of Bangkok
Police General Aswin Khawnmuang, Deputy Governor of Bangkok
173 Dinso Road, Phra Nakhon
Bangkok, Thailand 10200.
Fax: +66 2-621 0878
General Prawit Wongsuwan
Deputy Prime Minister and Chairs of the Krung Rattanakosin and Old
Towns Conservation and Development Committee
Bovornvej Rungruji, Chairs of the Krung Rattanakosin Sub-committee
Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning
60/1 Soi Pibunwattana 7, Rama 6 Road
Samsennai, Phayathai District
Bangkok Thailand 10400
Tel: +66 2-265-6500
Fax: +66 2-265-6511
Ms. Leilhani Farha
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
52 rue des Pâquis
CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim
Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building
920 Sukhumvit Road
Solidarity with Pom Mahakan community proposals and struggles for human rights and Zero Evictions!
Dear Governor Suhumbhand and Deputy Governor Aswin,
I am writing to you because I have received disturbing information from local organisations and the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) regarding plans for the imminent eviction of the Pom Mahakan community (approximately 300 people) by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) in order to carry out the “beautification” of the historic site as part of the implementation of the Rattanakosin Conservation and Development Plan.
I express my deep concern that such a precipitate and ill-advised move would violate the human rights of the residents, recognized by international laws and those of your country, and would destroy a resource of considerable value to the people of Bangkok and indeed of Thailand.
For those reasons, I stand in full solidarity with the proposals and struggles of Pom Mahakan community and support their and the IAI’s request for Zero Evictions policies, finding solutions respectful of all human rights, as pointed out by the Recommendations made by the 50th
Session of UN Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee (2015) and those of the 1st
Session of the International Tribunal on Evictions for East Asia (2016).
We kindly request your immediate response as a matter of urgency so that your decisions may be presented with due emphasis at the international level, in particular in support of an intervention of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and at the UN Conference Habitat III (Quito, 17 to 20 October 2016).