Khon Isaan: THAILAND'S THIRD UNIVERSAL
PERIODIC REVIEW CYCLE

 9 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 CSO 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 Khon Isaan was prepared by Manushya Foundation, the Thai CSOs Coalition for the UPR, the Human Rights Violations in Isaan Monitoring Group, Sai Thong Rak Pah Network, Amnat Charoen Friend of Women Center and Isaan Gender Diversity Network (IGDN).

 

During the 2nd UPR cycle, Thailand did not receive any recommendation specifically addressing the rights of people from the Isaan region, demonstrating a lack of understanding of the issues faced by Khon Isaan in Thailand.

 

This factsheet indicates that Isaan People face severe challenges in accessing their human rights, in the following manner:

 

  • Isaan people are discriminated against in all sectors of life

  • Isaan people are negatively portrayed

  • Isaan People face challenges in enjoying their right to property and ownership over their land

  • Isaan people lack access to justice and effective remedy

  • Impact of COVID-19 on Khon Isaan​

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.

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