NEWS: New Thai Senator to Represent Disability Community

Posted on 20 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Blind, Democratic Participation, East Asia Pacific Region, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Aiko Akiyama of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has recently circulated the following email:

I would like to spread a good news for Thailand, which just came out. Mr Monthian Buntan was just appointed as a senator here in Thailand. According to what I heard, 75 members of the Senate are appointed by a selection committee, taking due considerations of diversity of society and different professional fields. So, Monthian was selected as a representative from the disability community. As Thailand revised its comprehensive law on disability to be more rights-based, and as it is preparing for the ratification of the Convention. His appointment would certainly serve as a good impetus.

Thanks and regards,

Aiko Akiyama
Social Affairs Officer
Emerging Social Issues Division (ESID)

Note from We Can Do: a search for Monthian Buntan’s name on the Web turns up several references to him as president of the Thailand Association of the Blind (TAB). The association’s web site (in Thai) is at

Thank you to Aiko Akiyama for circulating this email on the mailing list for the Global Partnership on Disability and Development (GPDD).

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