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Indigenous Women:
 29 September 2021

Thailand will be reviewed by UN Member States on all its human rights record during its Third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) taking place on 10 November 2021 at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva (39th Session of the UPR Working Group).

To tell the truth behind #WhatsHappeningInThailand and to guarantee Recommending States make SMART recommendations that will hold the Thai government accountable on its international human rights obligations and will improve the situation on the ground, Manushya Foundation, local community members of the Thai CSOs Coalition for the UPR and the Thai BHR Network, and partner Civil Society Organizations have prepared UPR Advocacy Factsheets addressing the most challenging human rights issues and providing community-led UPR recommendations to be made to the Thai government.

The UPR Factsheet on Indigenous Women was prepared by Manushya Foundation on the basis of their Joint UPR Submission with the Indigenous Women's Network of Thailand.

The UPR Factsheet examines the compliance of Thailand with the recommendations it received during its 2nd UPR cycle in relation to Indigenous Women. During the 2nd UPR cycle, Thailand did not receive any recommendation directly addressing the rights of indigenous women. As gender-based discrimination and violence against indigenous women remain common and indigenous women continue to be denied access to basic rights and services, the Thai government persistently failed to protect the rights of indigenous women in Thailand.

This factsheet addresses the challenges and issues that persist regarding Indigenous Women include: 


  • Indigenous women are continuously excluded from participation in the public sphere

  • Indigenous women do not enjoy equal rights as men because of patriarchal traditions and customs within their communities

  • The COVID outbreak has adversely affected the quality of life of indigenous women

The UPR Factsheet includes community-led UPR recommendations for Recommending States to use when making their UPR recommendations to the Thai government and ensure their recommendations address the needs of local communities on the ground. It is critical for diplomats to make recommendations that are directly coming from communities to improve the human rights situation on the ground; as communities are experts of their issues: they live with the challenges and they also know the solutions they need to advance their human rights.

Learn more about our work with UN Human Rights Mechanisms (Click here)

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