We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Angkhana Neelapaijit, a prominent Thai human rights activist and CPG Senior Research Fellow, on her recent election to the Senate, the upper house of Thailand’s bicameral Parliament. Khun Angkhana was one of only three winners out of over 2,100 candidates from Group 17, representing the civil sector, NGOs, and similar occupations, securing seats in the 200-member Senate.
Khun Angkhana’s human rights activism began after her husband, lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, was kidnapped and disappeared in 2004. Two years later, she founded the Justice for Peace Foundation, a leading network of human rights defenders dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting access to justice, and ending impunity.
In addition to her advocacy work, Khun Angkhana served as a commissioner for the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand from November 2015 to 2019, among many other notable contributions.
Khun Angkhana also recently spoke at the International Summer School: Southeast Asia at the Heart of Indo-Pacific Strategies, organized by CPG in collaboration with the Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM) and the Asian Studies Centre (CETASE), both from the University of Montreal, and the Institute for Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC).