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Public and Private Groups Join Hands to Phase Out Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

Bangkok, Thailand, December 4th, 2012 - Government officials, diplomats, private sector groups, NGOs and citizens from around Southeast Asia converged upon Bangkok's International Airport to announce and showcase a series of new public-private initiatives to phase out trafficking and consumption of endangered species.

The event was organized by FREELAND Foundation under the ARREST Program (Asia's Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking), in coordination with ASEAN, the Government of Thailand, Government of the USA, several international airline and hotel corporations, as well as a local organic food company.

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ASEAN-WEN and ARREST join ASEAN’s top magistrates to combat environment crime

From 7 to 9 December 2012, ASEAN Chief Justices, Justices, Senior Judges and Judicial Officials met for the 2nd Roundtable of ASEAN Chief Justices on Environmental Law and Enforcement, a unique gathering of ASEAN’s top magistrates focusing on the environment. Hosted by the Federal Court of Malaysia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the objectives of the 2-day roundtable were to share information on common environmental challenges, highlight their critical role as leaders in national legal communities and champions of the rule of law and environmental justice, develop environmental jurisprudence, and facilitate additional cooperation and engagement on environmental issues. The roundtable also provided the ASEAN Judiciary community the opportunity to update colleagues of their commitments to the “Jakarta Common Vision on Environment for ASEAN Judiciaries”, a statement approved last year at the 1st Roundtable of ASEAN Chief Justices on Environment, which was hosted by the Indonesia Supreme Court.

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ASEAN-WEN and ARREST join ASEAN’s top magistrates to combat environment crime

From 7 to 9 December 2012, ASEAN Chief Justices, Justices, Senior Judges and Judicial Officials met for the 2nd Roundtable of ASEAN Chief Justices on Environmental Law and Enforcement, a unique gathering of ASEAN’s top magistrates focusing on the environment. Hosted by the Federal Court of Malaysia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the objectives of the 2-day roundtable were to share information on common environmental challenges, highlight their critical role as leaders in national legal communities and champions of the rule of law and environmental justice, develop environmental jurisprudence, and facilitate additional cooperation and engagement on environmental issues. The roundtable also provided the ASEAN Judiciary community the opportunity to update colleagues of their commitments to the “Jakarta Common Vision on Environment for ASEAN Judiciaries”, a statement approved last year at the 1st Roundtable of ASEAN Chief Justices on Environment, which was hosted by the Indonesia Supreme Court.

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X-Ray machine exposed wildlife smuggling at Suvarnabhumi Airport

December 3, 2012, Suvarnabhumi International Airport — CITES Authorities at Suvarnabhumi Airport Wildlife Checkpoint seized 82 animals after being alerted by the airport authority at CTX X-ray machine.

The animals found hidden inside the luggages belonging to 2 kuwait nationals include: 2 tokay Geckos, 6 iguana, 27 snakes (15 tentacled/fishing snakes, 10 king/corn snakes, 2 grey cat snakes), 40 scorpions, 2 centipede, 3 African pygmy hedgehogs, and 2 tegu lizards

The suspects will face charges under the section 23 of Wildlife Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535 and the section 27, 27 bis of Customs Act, B.E. 2469.

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