“Isaan people have become more rights-conscious, which means they won’t submit to anyone easily. No one can mess with them anymore because they won’t allow it,” says former human rights commissioner Sunee Chaiyarot in this interview on human rights in Isaan.
Staffan Herrström, Sweden’s ambassador to Thailand, Lao PDR, and Myanmar, talks about the Swedish perspective on human rights before a crowd of students, activists, academics and local community members attending the 10th Isaan Human Rights Festival at Ubon Ratchathani University.
Over 300 people gathered at Ubon Ratchathani University on Monday to discuss the state of human rights in the Northeast and the country. The 10th Annual Isaan Human Rights Festival gathered communities from across the region, activists, scholars, students, and foreign diplomats.
After the eviction deadline for Baw Kaew was extended in a surprise decision on Monday, villagers and their supporters celebrated their tentative victory. But the community’s decade-long battle for their right to land is set to escalate again when the extension expires in late September.
As the deadline for the eviction of Baw Kaew village draws closer, community members are calling on political parties for help. Last Saturday, Future Future Party politicians to discuss solutions to resolve the decade-long land dispute.
The Northeast has been hit hard by human rights violations in the past three years. After studying in Khon Kaen for one semester, an American college student reflects on her experiences engaging with issues of human rights and environmental justice in Isaan.