FNF Thailand motivates people to get politically involved and actively participate in society. With our events, we promote democracy, human rights, and a free-market economy. As we want to reach young people, in particular, we follow a gamification approach in many of our projects. We also work closely with journalists and media organizations to facilitate fair and free public dialogue.
How Thailand's civil society is fighting digitally against COVID-19
They debunk false news, inform about new coronavirus hotspots, and support health authorities in tracking cases through anonymized collected data. Social enterprises and NGOs in Thailand help contain the pandemic. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom supports the initiatives.
The Rise of Thailand’s Youth
Thailand witnesses the rise of a fresh democracy movement powered by social media. The protestors, among them many students and pupils, demand more political participation and civil rights in a country, which many political scholars describe as a flawed democracy. More than that, some of the members of the new movements even call for a debate on the country’s most sacred most powerful institution: the monarchy, which, by law, nobody is allowed to criticize. Who dares to do so, risks long prison sentences.
Thailand takes lead in LGBT rights
Thailand is seen as a relatively LGBT-friendly place, but there is no legal partnership status to support LGBT couples. However, this might change soon. Thailand is close to allowing same-sex unions. The planned legislation could be a major breakthrough. If the bill passes the parliament, Thailand would be the first country allowing same-sex partnerships in Southeast Asia and the second one in Asia. Can full equality already be achieved?
Meet the Press Freedom Trailblazer
As misinformation permeates the region, prominent media-rights activist Supinya Klangnarong says a concerted effort is needed to fight the rising problem. Cofact, a group Supinya co-founded, hopes to stand as an independent fact-checker ready to grapple with “fake news.”
A Handbook for Freedom Enthusiasts in Thailand
The publication promotes the fundamental principles of human rights and highlights the personal responsibility to defend them. It not only teaches humankind’s struggle for dignity, but also offers practical advice on how to spread the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights today.
Media Literacy Card Game
The office in Thailand created the Media Literacy Card Game to teach a critical approach to media content. Developed in 2017 with the Thai Media Fund, the card game is intended for primary and secondary students. The game presents situations young people face in everyday life. It provokes participants to thoroughly and critically assess how issues affect their media consumption behavior through five key questions:
Sim Democracy Board Game
Sim Democracy is a board game developed to educate players about public policies. It emphasised the active role of citizens in participating and monitoring the elected government in a democratic society. Solo playing is less fun than group play.