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Supreme Court decision reinforces exclusion of migrant workers

The Court's recent verdict denying migrant workers' participation in the Social Security board election highlights the ongoing struggle for equal rights in Thailand's labour force.
Wissarut Werasopon / HaRDstories
Wissarut Werasopon / HaRDstories
Amidst the unresolved tensions in Thailand's Deep South, a group of former detainees emerges as pillars of resilience for victims of arbitrary detention and state overreach.
Nathaphob Sungkate/HaRDstories
Nathaphob Sungkate/HaRDstories
A coalition of over 20 rights groups demand action against Thai VietJet, alleging a pattern of discrimination against passengers with disabilities in the airline industry, a claim denied by the company.
Thailand has more than 69,000 doctors, nearly half are in Bangkok. Still, there is no public hospital providing free abortion services under universal healthcare. Advocates are calling for medical staff to adhere to the law.
Only a tiny percentage of Thailand's workforce is organised in labour unions, ranking among the lowest globally. But a new generation of workers is weaving together communities not in meeting halls, but across the internet.
Dismissed but not defeated: An unjust firing ignites a union leader’s rise in Thailand’s social justice movement.
Photo: Luke Duggleby/HaRDstories
Photo: Luke Duggleby/HaRDstories
A group of educators are stepping into a classroom of a different kind – one that champions the power of collective bargaining, with the vision of establishing Thailand’s first teachers union.

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As Thailand rethinks its progressive pension system, welfare advocates rally for the rights of the elderly.
Celebrating World Indigenous Day, Thailand’s Council of Indigenous Peoples announces fresh leadership and new strategies for 2023-2027, pushing for legal recognition and protection.
As Thailand nears the legalisation of the sex industry, the fate of a draft law aiming to decriminalise sex work remains uncertain, contingent upon the approval of a potentially progressive government.
The government's decision to delay the implementation of the anti-torture law has faced strong criticism. After a petition by the opposition, the Constitutional Court has declared the postponement unconstitutional, resulting in the retroactive enforcement of the act.
Thai advocates push political parties to embrace a Western-style welfare state ahead of the 14 May election.
Marking International May Day with protests, Thai and Burmese workers joined forces to push for political reform and enhanced labour rights ahead of the general election on 14 May.

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