The Friedrich Naumann Foundation Thailand motivates people to get involved politically and to play an active role in society. Our events promote democracy, human rights and a free market economy. Since 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.The FNF Thailand team works with Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS), Thai PBS, Punch Up, King Prajadhipok's Institute, Change Fusion and Digital for Peace. Should you have questions or suggestions about our work, please contact us. You can also meet our team here.
FNF FactsCollabTH Event to Celebrate International Fact Checking Day
FNF was honoured to be part of an event that continues to internationally pave the way forward in recognizing the importance of fact checking. Frederic Spohr, Head of Thailand and Myanmar for FNF, opened the forum for discussion with a clear message “There is always a necessity to search for facts. Journalist acts as frontline gatekeepers for ensuring that the message is accurate and the public is well-informed”
Western diplomats call for Russia’s isolation
Many Asian countries have condemned Putin's attack on Ukraine - but not all. At an event organised by FNF partner ISIS in Bangkok, Western ambassadors called on the global community to take tough action against Russia.
Thailand Talks sets a deeply divided Thai society a good example of being tolerant to differing political opinions
Amid a series of political unrest and tension brewing in the country, a space and platform for a constructive dialogue where people in Thai society can have healthy debate over political and social issues will be the key driver for the Kingdom to become more open to embracing opposing views.
We need to talk
Before the first meeting with the in-laws or a new business partner, one piece of advice is often heard: better not talk politics. Otherwise the mood can quickly turn icy. It's a shame, because politics determines everything: how we work, what we eat or how we reside. But instead of talking about climate policy, we prefer to talk about the weather. Instead of discussing the performance of our political leaders, we gossip about celebrities.
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.