Woraluk Sanguankaew

Human Rights Educator
FNF Thailand

I always wanted to promote freedom. When I was young, my family faced many social injustices. When I grew up, I applied for a government scholarship for human rights study, but my application was denied. They claimed that I had an international mindset towards human rights that contradicted the government’s stance on certain issues. I work as human rights educator at the Asian Forum Foundation for Human Rights Development since 2003. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation nominated me for an IAF course on Human and Civil Rights Program, which strengthened my position as a lawyer that freedom is what people have before law. However, it is not absolute. Freedom is a right as long as it does not violate other’s rights. Human rights are not what people find only in texts. Thailand highly needs human rights education to be able to put human rights into practice.