24 Mar 2016
A Karen network is urging the authorities to continue a project to restore Karen culture in the educational system after five years without progress. On Wednesday, 23 March 2016, Surapong Kongchantuk, Chairman of the Lawyers Council of Thailand's Human Rights Subcommittee on Ethnic Minorities, reported that 9 leaders of the Karen Network for Culture and the Environment visited the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education to ask for progress in the project to restore the Karen way of life.
8 Mar 2016
Chiang Mai Provincial Court has dismissed charges against a Lahu ethnic minority activist accused of posting a video clip defaming the Thai military. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the Provincial Court of Chiang Mai on Tuesday, 8 March 2016, dismissed charges against Maitree Chamroensuksakul, a Lahu activist and citizen journalist, indicted for offences under Article 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Code (importation of illegal internet content).
4 Mar 2016
An indigenous seafarer community continues to face uncertainty in a standoff with a land developer as an excavator has been deployed to create a fence on the disputed land.
3 Feb 2016
A military officer in northern Thailand has sued a Lahu ethnic minority activist for posting a facebook video clip, saying that the clip defamed him and injured the honor of Thai military.
28 Jan 2016
Military officers have intervened in a land conflict between investors and a seafarer minority community in Phuket after violent skirmishers yesterday.
27 Jan 2016
Skirmishes erupted between men reportedly hired by investors and a seafarer minority group in Phuket after a two-days standoff while military officers allegedly sided with the investors.
3 Jan 2016
Back in 2003, Thailand ratified the 1966 UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), though it does not recognize the competence of the relevant Committee under Article 14 of the Convention regarding an individual complaints mechanism.
5 Nov 2015
Ethnic parties in Myanmar elections (Infographic: Myanmar Now, Prachatai) See large image here
14 Oct 2015
On Friday 9 October, 2015, Burma Partnership released the report Elections for Ethnic Equality? A Snapshot of Ethnic Perspectives on the 2015 Elections at the Royal Rose Restaurant, Rangoon.
2 Oct 2015
Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has included more than half a million more people in the free public healthcare system as of October 2015. According to Post Today News, Surapong Kongchantuk, Chair of the Lawyers Council of Thailand's Human Rights Subcommittee on Ethnic Minorities, the Stateless, Migrant Workers and the Displaced, revealed on Thursday, 1 October 2015, that 626,027 more people will now be able to enjoy the same free public healthcare that all Thai citizens are entitled to.
11 Jul 2015
Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 9, 2015 We condemn Thailand’s forced deportation on July 9 of over 100 ethnic Uighurs to China, where they could face harsh treatment and a lack of due process. This action runs counter to Thailand’s international obligations as well as its long-standing practice of providing safe haven to vulnerable persons.
26 Jun 2015
Thailand and Myanmar’s regulations systematically deny the rights to movement, health, and culture of the nomadic sea gypsy ethnic Moken people, according to a Human Rights Watch report released this week. The Moken people are one of the last hunter-gatherer groups in Southeast Asia. Approximately 3,000 Moken live in the Mergui Archipelago off the coast of Myanmar, while 800 live in Thailand, mainly in Ranong and surrounding islands.