By Peera Songkunnatham “I have to become a politician,” said Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, a university student well-known in Thailand for his outspoken criticism of Thai schooling. “Even though I’ve given multiple interviews saying that I didn’t want to become a politician at all; I actually hated politicians. But I’ve changed my mind.”
BANGKOK, Thailand – “It was really heart-breaking as a young, 18-year-old student to be put [into jail]. I never had the experience and never thought I would be in jail one day,” explained Wai Wai Nu, the founder and director of the Women Peace Network and a Rohingya - a minority group in Myanmar - activist.
Panel on inclusive civic spaces for marginalized youth at the Case for Space
BANGKOK, Thailand — Munir Said Thalib was murdered with a fatal dose of arsenic in his drink on a flight to Netherlands on 7 September 2004. He was an Indonesian activist, a vocal advocate and defender of the rights of the minorities.
Twelve years later, his case remains unsolved. Munir’s story is a well-known case highlighting the risks faced by many human right defenders in Asia Pacific, said Marte Hellema, Programme Manager Information, Communication and Publication at Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM ASIA).
RuchaphumPanichsombat is passionate about the effects of urban space on young people. Whilst speaking about this in the Case for Space conference in Bangkok, he mentioned how in highly urbanised cities like Hong Kong, where there are only 1.5 square metres of public space per person, ever increasing urbanisation poses challenges in accessing public spaces, particularly for those from poorer backgrounds.
UNESCAP says the population in the Asia-Pacific region will become more than 50% urban by 2018. Photo: Busan, Republic of Korea. UN Photo/Kibae Park
By Raisa Serafica BANGKOK, Thailand — In South Korea, high school students are required to perform at least 20 hours of voluntary service before they can graduate. Although students do have the chance to work in community-based organisations, according to Geon-Hee Lee, a 17-year old youth delegate at the Case for Space, many students simply resort to cleaning schools or providing other forms of unskilled labour to fulfil their requirements.
By Raisa Serafica BANGKOK, Thailand — A community that treats both migrants and locals equally: this is the vision and dream of Samira Hassan for Singapore, her home country.
Hassan is one of the 15 winners selected from the Call for Stories at the “Youth at the Heart of the 2030 Agenda: Case4Space,” a three-day event held in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference gathered several hundred youths from around the Asia-Pacific region to discuss their roles, as stakeholders, in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Samira Hassan (pictured right) was born and raised in the booming city-state of Singapore.