Last week, MEC students, both past and present, and their parents attended a three day workshop on Human Rights. JRS in collaboration with MMR and Catholic Surathani Foundation, led this workshop to make families aware of their human rights in terms of international laws, as well as Thai law. Many people who become targets of human trafficking do not know their rights and the laws of Thailand which can mean that they are more vulnerable.
Students created posters, participated in group discussions and learnt how to connect human rights with their own situation. The training highlighted the fact that many Burmese living in Ranong often do not have their basic rights fulfilled because they do not have or cannot get the correct documentation. A Burmese person who doesn’t have papers is often not able to receive proper health care – a fundamental human right.
One eye-opening moment occurred when a student asked whether they would be able to see their father, who lives in another Thai province. This student has a right to see their father but isn’t able to due to documentation issues. This is ongoing challenge for many Burmese, and for MMR.
Students were enthusiastic participants, and it was great to see parents involved and asking questions. The training was held at Eiffel hotel and a big highlight for the students was the delicious food. Father Kevin, who attended all three days of the training, said he was amazed at the level of English of our MMR young people, and highly impressed with the their reasoning and critical thinking skills. This workshop will hopefully empower them with knowledge that they can share with their family and friends..