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©2019 by Manushya Foundation.

Founded in 2017, Manushya Foundation serves as a bridge to engage, mobilise, and empower agents of change by: connecting humans through inclusive coalition building and; by developing strategies focused at placing local communities’ voices in the centre of human rights advocacy and domestic implementation of international human rights obligations and standards.

 

Manushya Foundation strengthens the solidarity and capacity of communities and grassroots to ensure they can constructively raise their own concerns and provide solutions in order to improve their livelihoods and the human rights situation on the ground.

OPEN LETTER TO THE ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT: HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS ARE A CORNERSTONE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

On 27 June 2019, during the Business and Human Rights Day in Thailand 2019, Manushya Foundation and the Thai BHR Network submitted an open letter to the Royal Thai Government (RTG) called "Human Rights Defenders are a Cornerstone of Sustainable Development: On the need to ensure that Thailand’s development interventions support realization of human rights, safeguard human rights defenders and ensure meaningful public participation".

 

In the letter, Manushya Foundation, the Thai BHR Network, International Accountability Project (IAP), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, (AIPP),

International Rivers, FORUM-Asia and the Community Resource Centre (CRC) remind the RTG that human rights defenders (HRDs) play a key role in enabling the realisation of the right to development, and call for greater efforts from the government regarding their protection and promotion, especially land, environmental or indigenous peoples’ rights defenders, in its development interventions, at national and international levels, as well as relevant processes related to advancing human rights in business contexts.