Indigenous rights bill languishes

Thailand is home to over 6 million indigenous people. Yet many are outlawed, denied basic rights, and subject to many forms of oppression. This must change. 

According to the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, about 10% of the population belongs to 60 indigenous and ethnic groups that are scattered across the country.

While ethnic groups such as the Mon, Tai Dam and Tai Yuan in the river basins have long integrated into mainstream society, the tribespeople live on the margins of society and suffer poverty and hardship from ethnic discrimation.

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