Social development

Ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples

Thailand can 'do more' for Rohingya

Muhammad Faruk Khan, chairman of Bangladesh’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, shares his views on the repatriation of Rohingya refugees in light of the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits in Bangkok and Nonthaburi, which ended on Monday, in an exclusive interview with the Bangkok ...

Thana Boonlert

UNHCR praises Thai efforts to end statelessness

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed Thai efforts to reduce statelessness among children, according to a statement issued on Thursday.In a statement, the UN refugee agency said it welcomed a development in which more than 60,000 stateless students in Thailand could ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Group seeks the creation of conditions to facilitate safe repatriation of Rohingya

The leaders of Asean yesterday voiced concerns over the Rakhine crisis and called for the safe return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar while seeking accountability for the violence and human rights violations perpetrated against the ethnic group.Keep reading ...

Supalak Ganjanakhundee

SPECIAL REPORT: The “Spirit of Roaming” no longer roams at Moken community on Surin Island

Suriyan “Hook” Kla-thalae, a 36-year-old Moken born on Koh Surin, keeps dreaming that he’ll get his community’s boat, known as a kabang, back out on the Andaman Sea. But it remains anchored on shore on the island, which lies 60 kilometres off the Phang Nga ...

Piyaporn Wongruang

Uncertain future stares at stateless Chiang Rai hilltribes

Among the hilltribes of northern Chiang Rai province, children typically grow up without Thai citizenship, resulting in unnecessary complications that dog them into adulthood.It is not uncommon for stateless teenagers, for example, to enter dual-education programmes, only to find they are not allowed to learn ...

Chularat Saengpassa

Big talk but little action on Rohingya

While Asean has shown its willingness and readiness to help solve the Rohingya crisis and ensure the safe return of thousands of refugees, the situation in Rakhine state is not safe enough for stakeholders to get to work, Foreign Minister Don Pramuwinai said on Friday. ...

Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Thai parks’ protectors must recognise ethnic group's rights, experts say

Thailand must follow the example of neighbouring countries and honour the constitutional right of Karen people in Phetchaburi’s Kaeng Krachan National Park to live on what has been their ancestral land for centuries, say academics.Kittisak Prokati, a law lecturer at Thammasat University, said the Constitution ...

Pratch Rujivanarom

Migrant kids get chance to blossom

Three years ago, Chit Ko, a son of ethnic migrant workers, almost had to drop out of school, after his parents asked their son to start working to support the family. If they had not changed their minds, the 11-year-old Chit Ko would have ended up ...

Dumrongkiat Mala

Thailand to push for bigger Asean role in Rohingya crisis

Thailand is ready to support a greater Asean role in resolving the Rakhine crisis, as the group prepared mechanisms to deal with the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who face repatriation amid grave concerns about their future.Keep reading ...

Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Asean unlikely to deal with Rohingya issue

Experts have no faith that Asean can effectively tackle the ongoing ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, as leaders of the regional group gather for a summit this week in Singapore.Keep reading ...

Wasamon Audjarint

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