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Sor.Rattanamanee Polkla’s career spans the past nineteen years of public interest lawyering in Thailand, and she has been involved in many of its most significant recent cases. After working for years as an independent public interest lawyer, in 2010 she co-founded with Prashant Singh the Community Resource Centre (CRC), a non-government organization working with communities who face the impacts of development projects.
The CRC is today a well-known and prominent registered non-governmental organisation (foundation) in Thailand, which works with and represents communities who face serious negative environmental and social impacts of ill-planned and poorly regulated industrial and development projects. To date, CRC has taken on about 100 cases from over 20 communities, including on mining projects, land rights, industrial pollution, thermo power plant, biomass, irrigation schemes, pollution case and defended the rights of hundreds of people in local communities. Through the work of its lawyers, CRC has successfully helped set legal precedent in public interest cases involving environmental harm and environmental defenders. Sor. is a lawyer and executive coordinator of CRC who lead lawyer team to work on those cases of CRC. Her cases are across Thailand and trans-boundary cases in Mekong region. The most cases are related business and human rights.
“As public interest lawyers, we are working for the people… That’s why we’re called the Community Resource Centre.” Sor. Rattanamanee Polkla