Diakonia - People change the world


In Thailand, Diakonia supports a variety of local partner organizations with a special focus on human rights and the question of identity and citizenship. The beneficiaries are ethnic minority groups in the north and stateless people, including refugees from Myanmar/Burma.


Focus on democracy and human rights

The main thematic areas of Diakonia and our partner organizations in Thailand are:

Democracy and good governance

Human rights

Gender equality

Social and economic justice, with emphasis on the participation of women and youth.

The rights of minorities

Thailand has a population of 67 million people (2012), out of whom about 1 million belong to various ethnic minorities. These minorities lack political influence, are underrepresented in civil society and vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation, remaining acutely disadvantaged.

Diakonia has through co-operation with local organizations pushed forward the agenda of ethnic minorities and sustainable development. Significant progress has been made in increasing community participation in demanding and defending their rights and many people have received Thai citizenship and other legal statuses.

Provides legal support

Diakonia's partner organizations assist migrants and ethnic minority groups to obtain legal identity documents.

With the support of Diakonia, partners have established networks at community level that aims at raising awareness about human rights. The networks are also providing legal support to people subject of human rights violations.

In 2013 the Legal status rights network was established. Here, civil society organizations work to protect people and provide legal support, work with advocacy and raise awareness of human rights, especially those relating to legal status and citizenship rights. 

How we support our partner organizations

Diakonia supports our partner organizations with funding and capacity building. Together with our partner organizations, we work to  increase their ability to demand and defend human rights and strengthen their participation in democratic processes. 

Our partner organizations also work with children's rights, anti-trafficking campaigns, rehabilitation of victims of trafficking, support of migrants and climate justice.

Diakonia and our partner organizations also engage local authorities to promote, respect and protect human rights, as well as strengthen participatory democracy.

In addition, Diakonia supports humanitarian and development programmes along the Thailand-Myanmar/Burma border, where many refugees stay.

Read more about our work in Thailand