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  • OPINION

    SDGs require balanced power ties

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 19/03/2018

    » One of the heartening aspects of international relations in recent years was the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global framework for action in 2015. The aim is to attain 17 goals in the fifteen year period by 2030. There has been a great "buy-in" in that states have committed to these goals without exception.

  • OPINION

    Challenges to gender equality in Thailand

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 08/03/2018

    » Thailand's formal commitment to women's rights began in 1985 when it became a party to the key UN treaty on the subject: the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

  • OPINION

    High stakes as regime considers rights

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 19/02/2018

    » A pre-Chinese New Year present from the government was Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's proclamation of the government's human rights agenda to complement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Thailand's "4.0" target to become a more developed society. Beyond the formalities, what are some of the stakes?

  • OPINION

    The new face of gender equality

    Oped, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 09/02/2018

    » Welcome to some innovative and refreshing action in favour of gender equality recently! A few days ago, Malaysia’s highest court, the Federal Court, passed a judgement in favour of a Hindu woman whose husband had changed his religion to Islam, without her knowledge, and whose husband then changed the religion of the children to Islam, without the mother’s consent. The court underlined that consent on the part of both parents was needed to change the religion of the children.

  • OPINION

    Mixed bag in global fight for sexual identity equality

    Oped, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 04/11/2017

    » Everyone has some form of sexual orientation and gender identity. Sexual orientation denotes a person's attraction towards others, while gender identity concerns a person's self-perceived identity, which may be different from the sex assigned at birth, as well as the expression of gender identity. The issue is particularly interlinked with the lives of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, abbreviated as "LGBT". There are implications for Intersex persons (persons born with atypical features) -- abbreviated as "I", although their concerns are more related to the issue of sex characteristics.

  • OPINION

    Child protection can unite Asean

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 09/10/2017

    » Is the 50-year-old Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) still young at heart? Much of the Asean region in fact will be faced with an ageing population in the coming decades. Meanwhile, the interface between children and the protection of their rights will still be a pervasive challenge.

  • OPINION

    How Thailand can proceed with ambitious SDGs

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 11/09/2017

    » Two years ago, the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the global community at the United Nations General Assembly to guide global development for 2015-2030, encompassing all countries. They came hot on the heels of the UN's more modest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set for 2000-2015.

  • OPINION

    SOGI violence must stop right now

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 19/05/2017

    » This week is a timely reminder of the need for concerted action to counter the phenomenon of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), a trend which is pervasive worldwide.

  • OPINION

    'Asean human rights law' taking shape

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 11/05/2017

    » Established in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. In retrospect, the organisation has progressed well in accommodating differences between countries and has contributed much to fostering peace and cooperation in the region.

  • OPINION

    Human rights in Asean remain precarious

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 18/07/2016

    » The region covered by the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) is one of major contrasts. Some communities are rich, while others are poor. Several countries are non-democratic and democratic proponents walk a political tightrope. Situations of violence pervade parts of the region, despite the tranquil havens also found here.

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