Thanathorn vows to fight for the basic rights of Thailand’s ethnic minorities

The opposition Future Forward party will, next year, press for state recognition of the basic rights of Thailand’s ethnic minorities, which include rights of access to state welfare and ancestral land rights, says Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.

The embattled party leader, party spokeswoman Pannika “Chor” Wanich and deputy leader Ms. Kulthida Roongruangkit were in Tak, Phetchabun and Chiang Mai provinces respectively yesterday (Friday) to attend hill tribe New Year celebrations and to woo their support for the party.

In his address to the Hmong hill tribe people, in Phob Phra district of Tak province on Friday, Thanathorn said that ethnic minorities have been treated as second-class citizens and have been taken advantage of by the state and state officials.

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