Photo: Women Workers for Justice Group (WJG)
Photo: Women Workers for Justice Group (WJG)

Thai activists rally for menstrual rights, seeking legal recognition

Thai labour law remains silent on the issue of menstrual leave, contrasting sharply with the growing societal openness towards discussing issues like period pains and the accessibility of sanitary products.
Jittrapon Kaicome / HaRDstories
Jittrapon Kaicome / HaRDstories
A landmark decision by Thailand's Supreme Court orders the Royal Thai Army to provide compensation to the family of Chaiyaphum Pasae, a 17-year-old human rights defender who was shot dead by a soldier six years ago.
Wissarut Weerasopon/HaRDstories
Wissarut Weerasopon/HaRDstories
For many Rohingyas who took up refuge in Thailand, life in the shadows is preferable to the deadly persecution back home – even if it means enduring a cycle of bribery, abuse, and prejudice.
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.
Photo by Peerapon Boonyakiat/HaRDstories
Photo by Peerapon Boonyakiat/HaRDstories
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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The recent decriminalisation of abortion in Thailand was hailed as a landmark victory for women's rights. But resistance from within the healthcare system hinders women’s access to safe and affordable abortions, leaving them vulnerable to unsafe and unregulated procedures.
Thailand introduces a draft bill to legalise sex work and address human rights concerns in the industry. But the legislation’s fate is uncertain due to the upcoming elections and parliamentary deliberations.
17 March 2023 marks the 6th year anniversary of the death of Chaiyaphum Pasae, a young Lahu rights defender, who was shot dead by soldiers who accused him of smuggling drugs in the north of Thailand.
A group of Thai media workers are pushing their profession to be more fair to its workers – by challenging the industry’s resistance to collective bargaining.
Despite the legalisation of abortion in Thailand two years ago, access to free and safe abortion services remains a challenge for women in the country, according to the rights group Tamtang.
Half a million people in Thailand remain stateless, many of them descendants of Myanmar refugees from one of the world's longest civil wars. Two men are fighting to claim their birth rights and challenge the nation's rigid system in a groundbreaking lawsuit.

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