Tuesday, 7 March 2017


#ProtectHer is the campaign in protecting women human rights defenders in Thailand who face risks and attacks for their work to promote human rights. 

Women human rights defenders throughout Thailand continue to face threats, harassment, prosecution, and their legitimate work is systematically suppressed. Abuses against them do not appear to have been effectively and impartially investigated.

Who are 'women human rights defenders'?

Women who act to promote and protect human rights and all individuals who defend the human rights of women or work for gender equality are collectively known as 'women human rights defenders' or WHRDs. These defenders can be representatives of civil society and non-government organisations, grassroots activists, lawyers, journalists, and service providers who often help to ensure that women can exercise their rights.

Risks and Treats

Since the 2014 coup, Thailand’s military government has stepped up efforts to stifle all forms of dissent, including by imposing broad restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association.

Thailand’s military government has frequently resorted to arbitrary detention and criminal proceedings to silence those criticising the government or raising concerns about political developments in the country. However, it is not only political activists that have been targeted. Human rights researchers have also been investigated for their work on rights violations, lawyers for defending their clients, land rights activists for supporting communities at risk, journalists for reporting on sensitive topics, and academics for expressing opinions on academic freedom. 

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Here are some of the brave women human rights defenders (WHRDs) stories, who risk their lives.

Women human rights defenders - Pornpen Khongkachonkiet  

Women human rights defenders - Sirikan Charoensiri

Women human rights defenders - Anchana Heemmina

Women human rights defenders - Jittra Kotchadej

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