JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY REPORT
List of Themes to be considered by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
For the review of the combined fourth to eighth periodic reports of Thailand (CERD/C/THA/4-8)
At the 102nd session of the CERD Committee (Geneva – Postponed 2020)
Manushya Foundation, the Justice for Peace Foundation, the Thai CSOs Coalition for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and the Thai Business and Human Rights (BHR) Network prepared a List of Themes Report providing an inclusive and accurate overview of the most challenging issues faced by local communities and marginalised groups in Thailand related to racial discrimination. These communities and groups include: people from Isaan (Khon Isaan); Farmers and Peasants; Indigenous Peoples; Malayu Muslims in Southern Thailand; Malayu women; Refugees and Asylum seekers; Migrant workers, and Marginalised women, including women living with HIV, drug users, and women victim of human trafficking.
This report highlights the challenges they face with respect to racial discrimination in their daily life, but as well particularly during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. It is informed by communities on the ground facing racial discrimination, particularly by members of the Thai CSOs Coalition for the UPR, and members of the Thai BHR Network. Further, this Report includes information sourced from various authorities including UN human rights mechanisms and entities, government notifications, intergovernmental bodies, submissions by civil society, news articles, reports, studies, and other analysis.