Unlike many of its neighbors, Thailand was never colonized and has not experienced war within its borders in over 50 years. Tourists and foreign investors have been drawn to the country’s lush forests, farmland and beaches. But Thailand’s global reputation as a stable, gorgeous and hospitable vacation spot belies the reality of ongoing difficulties for many of the country’s residents.
Thailand is developing at a rapid pace, displacing communities that have worked and lived off the land and waters for decades. Many people have had their land taken away from them without their knowledge or consent. Farmers who have worked the same land for generations suddenly find themselves locked in disputes with private companies that want to evict them. Across the country, dam construction and large-scale agriculture has polluted the country’s waters, destroyed its forests and stripped many farmers and fishermen of their livelihoods.
While travel agencies bill Thailand as a gay-friendly vacation spot, many LGBTQI+ people who live in Thailand do not experience true respect and acceptance from their communities. LGBTQI+ people are often forced into traditional marriages or disowned by their families.
AJWS is committed to helping Thailand’s oppressed people advocate for human rights. Our grantees are:
- Educating communities so they can advocate for their rights and protect the natural resources they depend on
- Reducing stigma and discrimination against LGBTQI+ people and advocating for Thai society to recognize and respect LGBTQI+ rights