Thai authorities must officially recognize the existence of Indigenous Peoples in the country!
#WorldDayforCulturalDiversityforDialogueandDevelopment 🌐🤝 On this special day, Manushya Foundation reiterates its call for the Thai government to officially recognize the existence of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand! This recognition is crucial for Thailand to genuinely embrace and celebrate its diverse heritage!
🚨 Although Thailand adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, it does not officially recognize the existence of Indigenous Peoples in the country. As a result, they are deprived of their fundamental rights, and face inequality and injustice.
👉 Due to the lack of recognition of their land rights, Indigenous Peoples face land grabbing by the government and are evicted from their ancestral lands! Consequently, they are unable to sustain their lives, as their livelihoods depend on nature.
👉 In the name of “forest conservation policies”, the Thai authorities unlawfully charge Indigenous Peoples with forest encroachment and evict them from their homes, as has been the case for Karen indigenous community members of Bang Kloi. On Koh Lipe Island, the government blatantly allows the grabbing of the Chao Lay Indigenous Peoples’ ancestral land by the tourism sector.
👉 Indigenous Peoples in Thailand are the most vulnerable groups to killings and disappearances. Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, a Karen community leader, stood up against this injustice to protect his community. For speaking Truth to Power, he was forcibly disappeared in 2014 and paid the price with his own life.
#WeAreManushyan ♾ Equal Human Beings
✊ Manushya Foundation urges Thailand to officially recognize the existence of Indigenous Peoples in the country, and to acknowledge them as Guardians of the Forest! Thailand must put an end to the invisibilities of Indigenous Peoples and must respect their fundamental rights!
🌱♻️ Their traditional ways of living are sustainable and help preserve the environment. If the Thai government is ever to make genuine efforts to tackle climate change effectively, it must listen to Indigenous Peoples’ voices and take their wisdom and expertise in nature as an example. Additionally, the Thai authorities must put them at the center of the decision-making process of climate change mitigation policies now! They are key actors in tackling the climate crisis!
💫 On this World Day for Cultural Diversity, we pay tribute to the vibrant heritage and traditions that thrive within Indigenous Peoples. Let's appreciate the unique traditions, customs, and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples, that make Thailand and the World a vibrant tapestry. By engaging in open dialogue and embracing diverse perspectives, we can foster understanding and create a more inclusive society. Join us as we promote diversity, inclusivity, understanding, and respect for all cultures!
While you’re here…
➡️ Learn more about Manushya Foundation’s advocacy and achievements for Indigenous Peoles’ and grassroots communities’ rights, and for a just energy transition:
8 Facts about #ClimateJustice You Need to Know, 10 February 2023
All You Need to Know about our #WeAreJustTransitionMovement, 28 November 2022
News Release: #WeAreJustTransition Movement: It’s time for a Just, Feminist, Green & Inclusive Transition with people-driven energy solutions to end greenwashing and phase out fossil fuels!, 24 November 2022
News Release: Responsible governments and implicated companies must ensure safety and effective access to information of communities living near the Nam Theun 1 dam in Laos, 26 August 2022
#SaveSabWaiVillagers: Digital campaign supporting Manushya Foundation’s efforts on Sab Wai case.
News Release: Thailand: Stop Forced Evictions of 14 Sab Wai Villagers facing Extreme Poverty & Homelessness!, 5 August 2022
Complaint for Urgent Action for Protection of the 14 Sab Wai Villagers, facing human rights violations due to Thailand’s False Climate Solutions, 4 August 2022
News Release: Lao Government and Implicated Companies Must Deliver Justice For Survivors of 2018 Attapeu Dam Collapse, 26 July 2022
Follow-Up UN Complaint to seek Justice for the Survivors of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Dam collapse in Attapeu Province, Laos, 28 February 2022
#FightRacism - Thailand is a Paradise; But only for the 1%: Joint Shadow Civil Society Report on the Implementation of ICERD: Replies to the List of Themes CERD/C/THA/Q/4-8 105th CERD session (15 November - 3 December), 25 October 2021
Manushya Foundation’s Factsheet to inform Thailand’s Third UPR: Thailand's False Climate Solutions with Bad Forest Conservation Laws, 13 September 2021
Joint Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR): Land-related rights, forest conservation laws and climate change policies, 25 March 2021
Who Are Indigenous Peoples?, 8 August 2020
News Release: Thailand: End the unfair criminalization of land rights defenders in Sai Thong National Park, 19 June 2019
Submission of Urgent Action to 7 UN Special Rapporteurs: #SaveSabWaiVillagers from going to jail! The unfair criminalization of 14 villagers under Thailand’s Forest Reclamation Policy, 23 June 2019
Joint Statement: Human Rights Organisations urge Thai government to drop all charges against women land and human rights defenders in Ban Sap Wai community, 24 June 2019
News Release: Thailand: Ensure the provision of fair justice & effective remedy to land rights defenders unfairly criminalized in the Sai Thong National Park Case, 8 July 2019
Racial Discrimination in Thailand: 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), 2020
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