- Posted September 11, 2013 by
Rights on the top of Thailand's Social Agenda
After the election of 2011, which saw Yingluck Shinawatra winning a landslide victory against arch-rival Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thais found themselves in a blooming democratic scene. Despite the occasional criminal activities in riots, you can easily find civil society and the general public participating in peaceful freedom of assembly and association, without facing army snipers and tanks as was the case during the Bangkok crackdown of Red Shirt demonstrators in 2010.
Prime Minister Yingluck was in Geneva at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) recently. Her address to the influential Council touched on the democratic transition of Thailand and protection of civil liberties. The Prime Minister had rightly highlighted the often neglected concerns of vulnerable groups when discussing about human rights.
Yingluck mentioned about the establishment of Thailand's One Stop Crisis Center (OSCC) which aims to help such groups, society and the defend the rights of women and children in domestic violence. She said the center would help reduce the number of sexual abuse cases and promote human rights among the people.
Unlike Yingluck's predecessor, she supports the idea that all human being are created equal and should be treated as such, having the same rights, privileges, and dignity regardless of who they are or where they come from.
It is not about political spin, as Thailand is now seeing the creation of numerous working groups, collaborative initiatives and community-friendly programs especially in the rural parts of the country. The crucial element of such campaigns derive from the needs of the people, whether they are locals or foreigners, and sustainability.
Thais and civil society are hoping that these initiatives constantly adapt and grow in accordance to socio-economic circumstances and not be hung to dry like what happened before Yingluck led the Government.