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Thailand: Government officials attending union meetings

Government officials in Thailand have been attending union meetings, increasingly since the military coup in in 2014. At a Rangsit Labour Unions Group (RLUG) AGM in November, three officials from Thailand’s Department of Labour Protection and Welfare were in attendance and took notes and photographs throughout the meeting. The officials took photos of the union committee and …

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A buddhist monk is stopped by riot police in Thailand

RLUG represent workers at Thai protests

UnionAID partners, The Rangsit Labour Unions Group was represented at the rallies, protests and marches at APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Community) in Bangkok Thailand this month. The concerns of a wider group representing workers in Thailand were that APEC opens up business trading, while ignoring labour rights, fair wages and the livelihoods of workers. The …

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Thai Union Organiser Not Guilty!

UnionAID Aotearoa NZ/Rangsit Labour Union Group Thailand project co-coordinator Sriprai Nonsee found not guilty of sedition Rangsit Labour Union Group organiser Sriprai Nonsee has been found found not guilty of sedition at the Criminal Court in Bangkok along with nine other defendants. Sriprai is a co-cordinator of the UnionAID project with the Rangsit Labour Union …

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Young Leaders Take Over Facebook

After six months of online classes the ten young leaders respectively from Mindanao and Indonesia 2022 groups have come together in-country to get to know one another and meet their Programme Managers, Alex Hill (MinLYP) and Caroline Novak (IYLP). During this time the two groups had the chance to connect with each other online as …

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Human Rights Violations Brought to Light

Courageous activists and National League for Democracy members are risking their lives documenting human rights violations in Myanmar. However online courses, organised this year by Thin Thin Lay (MYLP 2020) for forty six men and women, ensure they do this important work safely and effectively. Since the training, participants have provided on-the-ground data to the …

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Military Executions Shock World

The recent extra-judicial executions of four human rights defenders by the Myanmar miliary have shocked the world. Although not unexpected, these show the lengths to which the brutal junta will go to inspire terror. After the killings, one of the young leaders who studied in Wellington in 2017 – and returned with high hopes for …

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New Project to Raise Wages for Thai Plasterboard Workers

A new UnionAID project will focus on preventing exploitation of migrant workers in Thailand who produce plasterboard now being sold very cheaply in Aotearoa-New Zealand. While Thai plasterboard will be up to 40% cheaper than locally produced plasterboard, analysis shows this benefit is gained from exploiting migrant workers in Thailand whose wages are up to …

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One year after the coup Myanmar’s military has united the country in opposition

If you have heard a clanging of pots in the distance over the past few days it was probably the Myanmar people protesting against the military junta. One year on from the disastrous coup in Myanmar, the military has succeeded in uniting the country, against the junta! This has been achieved by a combination of brutality …

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Enthusiastic Young Leaders Meet Online

Ten young leaders from Mindanao and Indonesia respectively have started their sustainable development course and met one another online for the first time. As with other years, participants are from different places, ethnicities, and civil society work, including a labour rights activist from Mindanao and an educator supporting migrant workers and refugees in Indonesia. Thanks …

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Treaty Principles Promoted in Remote Myanmar

Issues of land rights pose ongoing problems for many of the minority ethnic groups in Myanmar. So it was not surprising that a discussion on te Tiriti o Waitangi in a land management and governance workshop run by Paul (MYLP 2020) resonated with the Kachin people from the remote Hukawng Valley in the very north …

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Support the people of Myanmar

Two years on from the military coup, the people of Myanmar are still fighting for their democracy and their future against the military coup.

They are calling for our support.

We are liaising constantly with our partners on how we can help.  They have asked for funding to support the campaign for democracy and to uphold human rights.