Drugs, Trafficking and Violent Crime: Protecting Thailand’s personal security

24 Aug 2010

imageUNDP Thailand/Mark S. Cogan : UNDP's Tongta Khiewpaisal addresses a national forum on human security in Songkhla, as a part of the release of Thailand's 2009 National Human Development Report.

Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and UNDP hosts interactive forum on Thailand’s personal security at Pavilion Hotel, Songkla Province

Bangkok – Persistent violence in the South, the increased use of methamphetamines, and human trafficking continue to cause major challenges for Thailand. From the social stigma of reporting domestic abuse to the fear of daily violence, people from all walks of life struggle to maintain and protect basic human freedoms.

UNDP and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, in the context of the recently-released 2009 Thailand Human Development Report, are hosting a series of human security forums in select provinces across Thailand to bring critical issues discussed in the report into the forefront. The theme this second human security forum, held today at the Pavilion Hotel in Songkla Province, is personal security.

For many Thai people, risks to their personal security are daily realities. These risks will be the focus of today’s forum, an interactive, yet select gathering of key stakeholders in the region including government officials, policymakers, and academics.

“Today’s forum represents a step in the right direction for Thailand. The discussion will provide useful input that will eventually make its way into the hands of concerned policymakers and become the basis for a comprehensive national plan for addressing these areas of human security concerns,” said Yuxue Xue, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative.

Future forums will be held in Nan Province on health and economic security in September, and two more will be held in Bangkok later this year.