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    'Human cargo in need of compassion'

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 03/02/2013

    » 'Why is this not human trafficking? If this is not human trafficking, what else could it be?'' asked an emotional Abdul Kalam, coordinator of Thailand's Rohingya National Organisation. He was referring to the decision last Monday to repatriate Rohingya from Myanmar's Rakhine state. The National Security Council, along with the Foreign Ministry, ruled that human trafficking plays no part in the rickety boats full of Rohingya that have washed up on Thai shores because there was no evidence of slave labour, forced prostitution or forced begging. Therefore the Rohingya can stay a maximum of six months in Thailand before they are sent back to Myanmar.

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    Clean needles mean less damage done

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 08/07/2012

    » Providing clean needles and syringes to intravenous drug users is a proven way to slow the spread of HIV infection. It's the cornerstone of an approach known as harm reduction that has had success around the world.

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    Merger of HIV/Aids plans praised, but follow-up needed

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 24/06/2012

    » HIV/Aids activists are hailing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's decision in a cabinet meeting on Thursday to merge medical benefits for those suffering from the disease. But they caution that treatment standards must be set and maintained once the merger goes forward.

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    Pioneering advocate for worker health says battle still uphill

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 15/04/2012

    » In 1993 when Somboon Sikhamdokkae discovered she was suffering from an occupational lung disease caused by working in a textile factory, she decided to establish a group to help other sick workers.

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    Regional unity 'lies in sharing languages'

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 11/03/2012

    » There has been a great deal said about the need to improve English-language skills ahead of the formation of the Asean Economic Community in 2015, but much less emphasis is put on communication between members in their native languages. While English is indispensable as a common international language, a multilingual approach also has clear advantages for building regional understanding and relations.

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    Women's fund will result in more debt than development, say critics

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 01/04/2012

    » It was one of the Pheu Thai Party's flagship policies _ a massive 7.7 billion baht National Development Fund for Women, ostensibly to redress gender inequality. In practice, however, the fund has become a lightning rod for controversy with critics contending that its aims are too vague, its management not transparent, registration requirements too onerous and that it is more likely to result in crippling debt for women than greater opportunities. They also question whether the move is merely a Pheu Thai tactic to reward and bolster support in rural areas.

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