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On 10 May 2022, two of Thailand’s most renowned women human rights defenders, Angkhana Neelapaijit and Anchana Heemina, testified in a lawsuit accusing the government and the military of misinformation at Ratchada Civil Court.
Tens of thousands of women in Thailand lack access to safe and cheap sanitary products. 27 year old Varangtip Satchatippavarn has founded a company to produce affordable and safe sanitary products and works with advocacy groups who campaign to include the issue into education systems.
This year, Rayong fisherfolk faced the so-called ‘biggest’ oil spill in Thai history. Confronted by repeating industrial accidents and pollution issues, many have taken up the role of citizen scientists to document the long-lasting impacts and now they are demanding to know more about their expanding industrial neighbours.
In 2021, a 30-year-old water infrastructure project was revived to address shortages in Central Thailand. Civil society groups and experts are concerned about the social and ecological impacts, as communities stand to lose their ancestral lands and livelihoods.
Renowned Thai photojournalist Vinai Dithajohn was only 15 when he had to leave school and work as a bus fare collector. He went on to become one of Thailand’s most respected and prolific chroniclers of the political turmoil from the last 20 years.
Five years ago, Chaiyaphum Pasae, a young Lahu rights defender, and Abe Sae Mu, an ethnic Lisu man, were shot dead by soldiers in northern Thailand. While Abe's family received financial compensation, Chaiyaphum's family continues to seek justice and hold the military accountable.
Rural farming communities take action against the threat of pollution from recycling factories in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor.
Over the past few years, the team from We Watch, a passionate and ambitious citizen youth network has mobilised thousands of volunteers to hold the government and candidates accountable by observing and documenting both local and national elections in Thailand.
From Thailand to Indonesia, indigenous people who have lived off the land for generations struggle to preserve their forest homes and customs. But as states create national parks and forcibly evict forest-dwellers, their ties to ancestral land are cut.