Although the pro-democracy movement has reached an unprecedented scale in Thailand, political participation is not without risk, given the ongoing restrictions on fundamental political and social rights such as freedom of association and freedom of expression. There also remains a lack of enforcement for decent work standards and practices, and the context of extreme inequality which has become even more evident with the COVID pandemic has emphasized the glaring need for institutional reform in Thailand’s social institutions such as education, healthcare, and social security.
How can the European Union (EU) better contribute to building an enabling environment for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Thailand? How can the EU support the progressive realization of Economic and Social Rights - that is to say Freedom of Association and the Right to Organise, Decent Work and the Right to Social Protection for all - in connection with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the EU Action Plan on Democracy and Human Rights in the country?
Developed by Solidar Suisse Hong Kong and by the Just Economy and Labor Institute (JELI), the following report identifies challenges and opportunities for the EU to boost its actions for the progressive realisation of Economic and Social Rights in the country and to enhance its partnership with Civil Society Organisations.