Corruption is not just money stuffed in an envelope!
#IACD2021 #NoToCorruption Today, we celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day! Why is it so important for human rights in Thailand? And what is actually the link between corruption and human rights? Read on to find out! 👇🏼
🚨 Corruption in Thailand is a problem. According to Transparency International, in 2020, Thailand scored only 36/100 on its Corruption Perception Index and ranked 104th out of 180 assessed countries. But corruption is not just handing of envelopes stuffed with money. It has many different forms and we know now that it most affects the the most marginalized groups in every society!
❓ What are some of the issues in Thailand where corruption causes human rights violations?
👉🏼 Indigenous peoples in Thailand struggle to access citizenship - and corruption is one of the reasons! Officials often ask them for bribes during their ID application process and they even face subrogation of their IDs!
👉🏼 Local and indigenous communities are often targets of manipulation by the Thai authorities and companies. For example, communities are forced or cheated to provide consent with development projects or administrative measures that have a negative effect on their lives. The result? Loss of livelihoods, forced evictions, poverty.
👉🏼 Violation of the right to access information creates a culture of secrecy and a fertile ground for corruption - this can be a lack of public information on development projects, new legislation or state budget.
#WeAreManushyan ♾️ Equal Human Beings
✊🏼 At Manushya Foundation, we believe we have to move from a culture of secrecy to a culture of transparency - only then will be our human rights upheld!
What are the greatest challenges to accessing information in Thailand? And how does corruption impact marginalized communities? Stay tuned for more content on our website & social media!
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What's your experience with corruption in Thailand? Let us know in the comments! 👇🏼