Thailand is often referred to as “The Land of Buddhism”.
The plight of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers from Myanmar and Bangladesh, left adrift without food and water for nearly a week, has all the hallmarks of a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Yet despite statements of concern from governments, aid agencies and human rights groups, there is little sign of a coordinated plan to address the issue. Boats have been spotted off the coasts of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, apparently abandoned by human trafficking gangs who operate across maritime and land borders and shunned by regional powers.
A quiet campaign to grant female monks legal recognition began this summer. Advocates hope that the minimal fanfare will help the ‘Bhikkhunis’ evade conservative religious opposition.
Religions for Peace in cooperation with Mahidol University, and Interfaith Cooperation Forum organised an Intra-Buddhist and Inter-faith dialogue on “Peace among Thai and Cambodian”.