Target: Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand
Goal: Condemn and investigate the murder of lesbians and “tomboys” in Thailand.
Over the last few years, 15 lesbians and “tomboys,” women who dress, act and speak in a masculine fashion, have been killed in Thailand. Despite the country’s perceived tolerance due to its citizens’ belief in Thai Buddhism, the government of Thailand has not been diligent in investigating these murders as possible hate crimes. Ask Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to stand up for human rights and investigate this alarming trend emerging in Thailand.
Twenty-four-year-old Nurisan Chedurame, described as a “tom” by her friends and family, was found dead last December in a garbage dump, her head smashed in with a three foot bat. In that same month, a 25 year old was found raped and murdered two months after having gone missing. She was suspected to be involved with a married woman. An unnamed “tom” was murdered by her girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. Supposedly, the parents of the victim’s girlfriend had repeatedly threatened their daughter for dating the girl and finally asked the ex-boyfriend for his help in killing their daughter’s girlfriend in exchange for marrying her off to him. The youngest victim of this brutal anti-lesbian crusade was a 17 year old girl.
Both Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) have heavily criticized the Thai government for failing to recognize the pattern of hate crimes occurring in Thailand, and are seeking swift and harsh justice. They also request that the Thai government makes more of an effort to work with non-profit LGBT groups in their country to educate people and raise awareness. As a signatory of multiple treaties on human rights, Thailand has an explicit responsibility to protect and promote human rights. Justice must be served.
Dear Yingluck Shinawatra,
In the past few years, a disturbing trend has emerged in Thailand: brutal violence committed against lesbians and tomboys–women who act, dress and speak in a masculine fashion. The youngest victim was 17 and other victims have been subject to rape and extreme violence. Despite the overwhelming evidence to suggest that these crimes were committed because the women were either involved with other women or because they were “different,” the Thai government has refused to acknowledge the “hate crime” nature of these incidents. In doing so, you have failed to protect and promote human rights, a responsibility you accepted when you vowed to support the U.N.’s declaration on gay rights.
We ask that you investigate these crimes fully and recommend harsh penalties to deter any future acts of the same nature. We also ask that you reach out to the numerous non-profit organizations that seek to promote LBGT awareness in your country and both educate people and raise awareness on different lifestyles. Thailand has been known for a tradition of acceptance in line with the values of Thai Buddhism. Uphold this tradition by standing up for gay rights and a person’s right to choose. End the ignorance and violence.
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