In harm's way: Women human rights defenders in Thailand

TitleIn harm's way: Women human rights defenders in Thailand
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Year of Publication2017
AuthorsThe_Observatory _, Protection_International _, Asia_Pacific_Forum_On_Women_Law_And_Development_(APWLD) _
Place PublishedThailand
Key themesAccessToJustice, CivilSociety-Donors, Gender, MarginalisedPeople

ABSTRACTED FROM INTRODUCTION: Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) in Thailand make a vital contribution to the advancement of human rights and are in urgent need of recognition and protection. Since the May 2014 coup, they have increasingly become at risk of violence, discrimination, and other violations of their human rights. Women have been systematically excluded from public consultations and decision-making processes, particularly on issues related to land and natural resources. When WHRDs have taken the lead in opposing land confiscation, forced evictions, unfair land distribution, the implementation of infrastructure projects, the development of extractive industries, and environmental degradation associated with these actions, many have been met with extreme, and sometimes, deadly violence. While it is unclear whether all the instances of violence and attacks against WHRDs are gender-related, institutionalized discrimination against women may, in many cases, cause authorities, or other assailants, to conclude that it is easier to intimidate and attack WHRDs.


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