Landmark Klity Creek ruling set for Karen

The tragedy of Klity Creek was exposed in 1998 and has taken 19 years to reach Monday's final ruling by the Supreme Court. (Video grab via Human Rights Watch)

The Supreme Court will hand down a ruling Monday in a long-standing legal battle between a bankrupt company and the lead-contaminated Klity Creek community in Kanchanaburi's Thong Pha Phum district.

Surapong Kongchantuk, director of the Karen Studies and Development Centre, said the ruling will set a precedent on community rights involving the clean-up and rehabilitation effort.

In their appeal to the Supreme Court, the Karen villagers insisted they can file a lawsuit seeking to force Lead Concentrates (Thailand), the company accused of contaminating their water resource, to clean up and rehabilitate the area, he said.

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