After more than 40 years of suffering, grief and protest, Khok Yao’s land dispute might finally be resolved as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment launched a new review of land conflicts across the country.
The military-dominated government has enjoyed a free ride so far, running roughshod over people’s rights and issuing threats when challenged. But last month, the regime got a wake-up call. Saowanee T. Alexander reflects on the Run Against Dictatorship events that erupted throughout the Northeast last month.
Saowanee T. Alexander02/11/2020
Unpaid and underequipped, a group of 20 local volunteers protect the forest in Nong Khai’s Phan Phrao National Park from destruction by encroachers and illegal loggers.
The Isaan Record02/05/2020
“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.
The Isaan Record01/18/2020
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.
The Isaan Record12/26/2019
Born into a family of politicians in Ubon Ratchathani, Sudarat Phithakphonphanlop learned from a young age what it means to be a representative of the people. In this interview, the 23-year-old shares her views on Thailand’s democracy after the election and talks about her political ambitions.
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.
The Isaan Record12/19/2019
Edited keynote speech of the forum, “Isaan Women in Politics: Environmental Activism and Democratic Practice,” at Rajabhat Sakon Nakhon University on 25 Ocotober 2019 by Bencharat Sae Chua, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University
The Isaan Record12/12/2019
Filmed over ten years, a remarkable documentary offers a fresh and nuanced view on transnational marriages as it chronicles the lives of Isaan women who married Danish men and moved abroad.