Thailand praised for promoting gender equality

Human Rights Watch has praised Thailand for becoming the first Asian nation to pass legislation to specifically protect against discrimination on the grounds of gender expression.

Thailand plays pivotal role in promoting gender equality and LGBT rights.

Thailand plays pivotal role in promoting gender equality and LGBT rights. Image by Johan Fantenberg / CC BY 2.0

The human rights advocacy group has urged Thailand to take on a leadership role on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia now that the nation’s Gender Equality Act, which prohibits any means of discrimination if someone is 'of a different appearance from his/her own sex by birth,’ has come into effect. Thailand’s 2007 constitution, which guaranteed equal rights for men and women, was repealed after the military coup in May 2014. Thai activists have decreed the new act as imperfect, but important progress. Read more: hrw.org

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