March 12, 2017
Pawinee Chumsri, a lawyer with the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, has won the outstanding human rights award given by the Somchai Neelapaijit Memorial Fund.
The award was announced on Saturday along with three other prestigious human rights awards to mark the 13th anniversary of the disappearance of human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit.
Ms Pawinee won the Somchai Neelapaijit Award as a lawyer who has dedicated her legal career to the fight for human rights in the restive southern border provinces as well as cases involving politics after the 2014 coup.
The three other awards went to the Khon Rak Ban Koed Group (KRBKG), established by anti-gold mining villagers in Loei province; 14 Myanmar workers who filed a lawsuit against a chicken processing operator in Lop Buri; and student activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, known as “Pai Dao Din”.
Jon Ungpakorn, a panel member, said Ms Pawinee has played a pivotal role in several cases associated with human rights in the three restive southern provinces since 2007. She also had experiences in dealing with many enforced disappearance cases as well as other lawsuits after the coup.