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Akha Human Rights Demands

Akha Human Rights

The following are only some of the issues that the Akha face in their need of Human Rights Protection:

October 18, 2000
Thailand

1. A freeze on the current seizure of rice lands and the planting of trees in their crop rows.

2. A freeze on further village relocations.

3. Access back to the old prime village locations.

4. Legal Representation for any arrested or tried or imprisoned.

5. The immediate stopping of beatings, torture during and following arrest.

6. Due process for arrests, search, seizure, interrogation, confinement, and fines levied.

7. Stopping unauthorized or coerced sterilizations. This means any sterilization where the woman was not informed of what was being done, of its possible health effects and her right to refuse. And that the procedure in not practically reverseable. That she may have continued pain, side effects, need hormone therapy etc.

8. Stopping the vaccinations during pregnancy of Tetanus Toxoid without consent. Currently Akha women are told, and this is approved by the WHO staff, whose email copy I can provide, that they will not be given an ID card for their child if they do not accept the vaccination.

9. Access to recognition by the EU and UN bodies as a unique tribal group, with international representation.

10. Means of dispute resolution related to matters of drug law enforcement, opium smoking, forestry, army and police disputes with international arbitrators.

11. Recognition of the Akha Indigenous property rights system and land tenure.

12. Recognition of the Akha traditional education system that does not seperate children from parents or their traditional knowledge or oral knowledge systems working together in the fields.

ILO child labor laws have been used strenuously against the Indigenous, classifying nearly anything that the family does as a unit as child labor violation.

13. An immediate bypassing of laws and policies that prevent freedom of travel and access to passports which are blocked by extensive Identity Card disputes of the Nation State people involved.

14. Seeking international assistance that comes directly to the Akha, not through a third party of a seperate culture and race.

15. Funding for devlopment of administration that can interact with international bodies.

16. Freedom of Akha Radio, TV and Newspaper.

17. Freedom of travel between Laos, China, Burma and Thailand without arrest, as this is required to maintain family relationships under the Akha system.

18. An immediate moratorium on foreign missionary activity and church building, prosyletization in Akha Villages until guidlines can be set up.

19. Guarantees that Akha villages will have sufficient access to surrounding lands for growing rice, administration of forestry protection, safe water, and sufficient nutrition. ALL policies to date have been independent of the Akha, and their basic nutrition and health have never been considered.

20. An immediate inquiry into the issue of Akha girls pressed into prostitution in Brothels in Thailand and Burma. Immediate option for their release from debt bondage and educational alternative.

21. An immediate review of Tourism to Akha villages, placing the Akha in charge of the process and profits.

22. An immediate call for stopping all government policies of assimilation of the Akha hill tribe, and a formal commitment to repudiate those past policies.

23. Respect and access for Akha People to all their traditional Burial Places.

24. The stopping of requiring Akha people to take a Thai name in order to get a passport.

25. A review of all medical records in those cases where Akha babies mysteriously died or went missing in hospitals without proof of a corpse.

26. Investigation into the number of Akha families experiencing a food and nutritional crisis with aid alternatives.

27. The establishment of access to farm credit.

28. Access to scholarship opportunities locally and abroad for education.

29. Means of Political redress of grievances either locally or internationally.

30. Protection for Akha Human Rights Workers.


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