Discrimination against LGBT in Thailand: ILO

Corporate June 02, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has reported discrimination at the workplace against lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals (LGBT) in Thailand.

This is the first time the ILO has conducted a study on LGBT issues at the workplace in Asia and the Pacific. 
Based on one year of extensive research, the report, “Promoting Rights, Diversity and Equality in the World of Work” maps patterns of discrimination faced by LGBT people in the workplace and investigates challenges and good practices in combating discrimination and promoting equality in employment and occupation. 
The ground-breaking work will be used to guide future efforts to shape national policy and workplace policies to better protect the working rights of LGBT individuals. 
A one-day meeting will be held to present the findings of the report and discuss legislative and policy measures that government, workers’ and employers’ organisations can use to address discrimination and promote rights, diversity and equality for workers of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities in employment and occupation in Thailand.
Leading experts from the ILO and UNAIDS, representatives from LGBT organisations and civil society in Thailand are expected to attend the meeting, to be held at Pinklao Hall, SD Avenue Hotel, Borommaratcha-chonnani Road, Bangkok on June 4. Media are invited.