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Title: No Country to Call Their Own
Date of publication: August 2009
Description/subject: "Stateless Burmese children in Thailand are still being denied basic rights such as access to education and health services, and they are vulnerable to many kinds of exploitation and abuse, according to migrant rights advocates. It's estimated that there are about 1 million stateless children in Thailand, with about two-thirds thought to be children of Burmese migrant workers who come in search of a better life. In 2008, the Thai government amended the country's law on civil registration to allow all children born in Thailand, regardless of the legal status of their parents, to receive birth certificates. The change has been greeted by many in the international aid community as an important step forward. "Efforts are underway to ensure that the system is accessible and well known to parents, including stateless parents, local officials and communities," said Amanda Bissex, chief of the Child Protection Section of UNICEF Thailand. Under the revised law, the Thai government, which ratified the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), has instructed all state hospitals to issue birth registration documents to any baby born to any parents, regardless of their background. However, rights advocates say that in practice, hospitals often fail to issue birth certificates to the children of migrants. This is partly due to the fact that many parents simply don't ask for these documents because they don't realize how important they are for their children's futures..."
Author/creator: Thawdar
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 17, No. 5
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 26 December 2009


Title: Citizenship Manual - Capacity-Building on Birth Registration and Citizenship in Thailand (English)
Date of publication: 2008
Description/subject: THIS MANUAL IS BEING UPDATED FOLLOWING CHANGES IN THAI LEGISLATION AND POLICY... Table of Contents: Basic Knowledge: • Basic Information about Ethnic Groups in Thailand Chapter; Birth Registration for People Born in Thailand • The Birth Registration Process in Thailand; • Retroactive Birth Registration; • Birth Registration Forms... Management of the Personal Legal Status of Ethnic Groups in Thailand: • Adding Names to Household Registration (Tor Ror 13) 29; • Legal Assistance for Highlanders of Thai Nationality; • Legal Assistance for Alien Migrants; • Legal Assistance for Highlanders Born in Thailand but Ineligible for Thai Nationality Due to Immigrant Parents... Surveying and Issuing Identification Cards for People without Thai Nationality (Pink-Colour Card)... Surveying, Issuing Identification Cards, and Registering Undocumented Persons... Basic Rights of Ethnic Groups in Thailand: • The Right to Movement; • The Right to Start a Family (Marriage Registration); • The Right to Education; • The Right to Work... • Annex 1: Civil Registration Act (No. 2) 2008 (B.E. 2551) ... • Annex 2: Nationality Act (No. 4) 2008 (B.E. 2551)... • Annex 3: Official Letters on Residence Relocation (MoI) ... • Annex 4: Strategy on Legal Status and Rights Management
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCO
Format/size: pdf (6.9MB)
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010


Title: Citizenship Manual - Capacity-Building on Birth Registration and Citizenship in Thailand (Thai)
Date of publication: 2008
Description/subject: THIS MANUAL IS BEING UPDATED FOLLOWING CHANGES IN THAI LEGISLATION AND POLICY... Table of Contents: Basic Knowledge: • Basic Information about Ethnic Groups in Thailand Chapter; Birth Registration for People Born in Thailand • The Birth Registration Process in Thailand; • Retroactive Birth Registration; • Birth Registration Forms... Management of the Personal Legal Status of Ethnic Groups in Thailand: • Adding Names to Household Registration (Tor Ror 13) 29; • Legal Assistance for Highlanders of Thai Nationality; • Legal Assistance for Alien Migrants; • Legal Assistance for Highlanders Born in Thailand but Ineligible for Thai Nationality Due to Immigrant Parents... Surveying and Issuing Identification Cards for People without Thai Nationality (Pink-Colour Card)... Surveying, Issuing Identification Cards, and Registering Undocumented Persons... Basic Rights of Ethnic Groups in Thailand: • The Right to Movement; • The Right to Start a Family (Marriage Registration); • The Right to Education; • The Right to Work... • Annex 1: Civil Registration Act (No. 2) 2008 (B.E. 2551) ... • Annex 2: Nationality Act (No. 4) 2008 (B.E. 2551)... • Annex 3: Official Letters on Residence Relocation (MoI) ... • Annex 4: Strategy on Legal Status and Rights Management
Language: Thai
Source/publisher: UNESCO
Format/size: pdf (1.9MB)
Date of entry/update: 14 October 2009


Title: Committee on the Rights of the Child, Thailand 2006 -- Concluding Observations
Date of publication: 27 January 2006
Description/subject: These concluding observations contain a number of comments and recommendations on refugee and other migrant children in Thailand, including the question of birth registration, the situation of domestic migrant workers etc.
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (548K - English; 176K - Spanish; 186K - French)
Date of entry/update: 17 November 2010


Title: Oral statement to the Human Rights Committee regarding Article 24 of the ICCPR
Date of publication: 18 July 2005
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Peace Foundation
Format/size: pdf (67K)
Date of entry/update: 01 March 2009


Title: Selected documents on low levels of birth registration for certain groups in Thailand -- Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding Articles 7 and 22 of the CRC.
Date of publication: April 2005
Description/subject: CONTENTS: A. Background: Birth registration and the Hill Tribes, Burmese migrants and trafficking... 1) Vulnerability of children lacking birth registration in Thailand; 2) Birth registration of hill tribe communities in Thailand ; 3) Extracts on Thailand from "Lives on Hold: The Human Cost of Statelessness”; 4) Extracts from “No Status: Migration, Trafficking & Exploitation of Women in Thailand”; 5) Extracts from an NGO document on Burmese migrants; 6) An article from the Bangkok Post on birth registration; 7) UN and NGO letter on birth registration and trafficking to the Minister of Foreign Affairs... Thai Government Proposals: 1) Stateless People: Govt. to revamp processing of nationality applications; 2) Registering babies is just a start in life... B. Analysis: Birth Registration of Migrant Children Born in Thailand... C. Suggestions for the List of Issues... Annexes: A) Relevant Thai legislation (links to selected texts): 1) Thailand’s Nationality Act; 2) The Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand; 3) Immigration Act of 1979; 4) Links to other Thai legislation... B) Thailand’s initial report to the Human Rights Committee - The section on Article 24 (paras 612-623)... C) The Committee on the Rights of the Child: its concerns about birth registration in Thailand: 1) Thailand’s reservation on Article 7; 2) The CRC on the reservation; 3) Discussion of the reservation in Thailand’s 2nd report to the CRC.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Peace Foundation
Format/size: pdf (320K)
Date of entry/update: 21 August 2006


Title: Submission to the Human Rights Committee regarding Article 24 of the ICCPR - Selected documents on low levels of birth registration for certain groups in Thailand
Date of publication: March 2005
Description/subject: "This preliminary collection of documents is submitted to the Human Rights Committee in advance of its examination of Thailand’s initial report, to raise the issue of the groups in Thailand whose children, in violation of Article 24 of the Covenant, tend not to be registered at birth, and are thus exposed to statelessness and many forms of difficulties and abuse... CONTENTS: A. Background: Birth registration and the Hill Tribes, Burmese migrants and trafficking; 1) Vulnerability of children lacking birth registration in Thailand; 2) Birth registration of hill tribe communities in Thailand ; 3) Extracts on Thailand from "Lives on Hold: The Human Cost of Statelessness”; 4) Extracts from “No Status: Migration, Trafficking & Exploitation of Women in Thailand”; 5) Extracts from an NGO document on Burmese migrants; 6) An article from the Bangkok Post on birth registration; 7) UN and NGO letter on birth registration and trafficking to the Minister of Foreign Affairs... Thai Government Proposals: 1) Stateless People: Govt. to revamp processing of nationality applications; 2) Registering babies is just a start in life... B. Analysis: Birth Registration of Migrant Children Born in Thailand... C. Suggested orientation of the question(s) for the List of Issues... Annexes: A) Relevant Thai legislation (links to selected texts); 1) Thailand’s Nationality Act; 2) The Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand; 3) Immigration Act of 1979; 4) Links to other Thai legislation... B) Thailand’s initial report to the Human Rights Committee -- The section on Article 24 (paras 612-623)... C) The Committee on the Rights of the Child: its concerns about birth registration in Thailand; 1) Thailand’s reservation on Article 7; 2) The CRC on the reservation; 3) Discussion of the reservation in Thailand’s 2nd report to the CRC.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Peace Foundation
Format/size: pdf (321K)
Date of entry/update: 21 August 2006


Title: Registering babies is just a start in life
Date of publication: 30 July 2004
Description/subject: "Stateless people can look forward to some light at the end of the tunnel following Deputy Prime Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng's proposal that their children be issued with birth certificates. This step would help secure basic rights, on health and education, for hundreds of thousands of babies languishing in limbo in the border provinces because their existence has not been acknowledged by the state. It also would help Thailand fulfil its commitment as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which calls for every child to be registered ''immediately after birth..."
Author/creator: Editorial
Language: English
Source/publisher: Bangkok Post
Format/size: pdf (78K)
Date of entry/update: 01 March 2009


Title: BIRTH REGISTRATION Concern over kin of illegal Burmese -- Govt unable to verify number of newborns
Date of publication: 10 January 2003
Description/subject: The government has lost track of the number of newborn babies in the country as illegal foreign labourers do not register births with authorities, an Interior Ministry official said yesterday at the end of a conference co-organised by the UN Children's Fund.
Author/creator: Saritdet Marukatat
Language: English
Source/publisher: Bangkok Post
Format/size: pdf (19K)
Date of entry/update: 01 March 2009


Title: You don't exist' Children of illegal immigrants are robbed of their basic rights because the authorities refuse to recognise their existence
Date of publication: 23 October 2002
Author/creator: Santisuda Ekachai
Language: English
Source/publisher: Bangkok Post
Format/size: pdf (128K)
Date of entry/update: 01 March 2009


Title: Concluding observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on Thailand's 1st report
Date of publication: 26 October 1998
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations (CRC/C/15/Add.97)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 August 2004