When Children Defend Human Rights: Thailand’s Response?

Representatives of four high school student activist groups tell stories of the harassment and legal prosecution they now face after speaking out about human rights violations they face in school, reiterating that the right to freedom of expression is a constitutional right, while vowing to keep fighting nonetheless.

On 17 December 2020, Protection International, Law Long Beach, and the four student activist groups Bad Student, the People’s Revolution for Equality and Democracy (PRED), the Lanna Student Coalition, and the Maha Sarakham Students Alliance, organised a panel discussion “When Children Defend Human Rights: Thailand’s Response?” at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT).

On the panel was Laphonpat Wangpaisit from the Bad Student group, Tanatda Keawsuksri from the People’s Revolution for Equality and Democracy group (PRED), Napawn Somsak from the Coalition of Lanna Students, Itsara Wongtahan from the Mahasarakham Students Group, and Kunthida Rungruengkiat from the Progressive Movement. The panel was moderated by Pranom Somwong from Protection International.