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Sanitsuda Ekachai

Former editorial pages editor

Sanitsuda Ekachai is a former editorial pages editor. She writes on human rights, gender, and Thai Buddhism.

Sanitsuda Ekachai
17 Jun 2021

Violence hampers Unesco park quest

Thailand's effort to turn the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex into a Unesco World Heritage Site has been made in vain for the past six years. Will it have succeeded by the time the annual World Heritage Convention convenes in July?

17 Jun 2021 13
Violence hampers Unesco park quest
3 Mar 2021

Forest dictatorship at Kaeng Krachan

Enough is enough. When the meek indigenous forest dwellers fearlessly walked out of the meeting with the forest authorities in Kaeng Krachan National Park last week, their message was clear: Enough of your lies, cheating and violence. Enough of our hunger and loss of dignity from forced resettlement. Enough of threats and intimidation. We are going home for good.

3 Mar 2021 31
Forest dictatorship at Kaeng Krachan
1 Feb 2021

Last-ditch fight against forest tyranny

After two decades of hunger and hardship -- and a life without dignity in a prison-like resettlement village -- a group of indigenous forest dwellers decided to return to their ancestral home deep in the Kaeng Krachan jungle in Phetchaburi province.

1 Feb 2021 16
Last-ditch fight against forest tyranny
9 Sep 2020

Fanaticism, hate speech and Buddhism

If your ultra-royalist friends say we need to uphold the Nation-Religion-Monarchy state ideology to protect the country's peace, order and national identity, ask them whose nation and what religion they are talking about.

9 Sep 2020 67
Fanaticism, hate speech and Buddhism
3 Sep 2020

Locals resist environmental dictatorship

Drenched with a heavy downpour on Tuesday night while picketing in front of Government House, Anong Kuson looked up at the ferocious sky, her face wet with tears mixed with merciless rain.

3 Sep 2020 15
Locals resist environmental dictatorship
13 Jul 2020

Hair saga reflects authoritarian culture

If you want to understand why dictatorship persists in Thailand, or the reason why the culture of bullying and impunity is so deep-rooted here, what happened at a public school in Si Sa Ket earlier this month offers an answer.

13 Jul 2020 62
Hair saga reflects authoritarian culture
1 Jul 2020

Demolition, lies, nepotism and impunity

Seriously? The national park authorities in Phrae province outraged the whole nation by razing a historical heritage house to the ground, and are we still going to let them get away scot-free?

1 Jul 2020 22
Demolition, lies, nepotism and impunity
18 Jun 2020

Govt continues to exploit pandemic

While we dread the novel coronavirus and wish it would go away, the government is prolonging the Covid-19 pandemic scare to strengthen its iron grip on the country.

18 Jun 2020 23
Govt continues to exploit pandemic
3 Jun 2020

'Bleach mum' exposes welfare failure

Had not the doctors intervened, a two-year-old toddler may have been poisoned to death by his mother. They could not save the boy's four-year-old sister, however. She was already dead from the same malady.

3 Jun 2020 17
'Bleach mum' exposes welfare failure
18 May 2020

When education supports rape culture

School rapes in Thailand happen so frequently they no longer shock. But not this one. Not when underage schoolgirls were repeatedly gang-raped by their teachers. Not when other teachers callously defended the rapists and paedophiles as "good teachers and family men", dismissing the heinous crime as consensual sex and blaming the victims as "bad girls".

18 May 2020 62
When education supports rape culture