Peace,Justice and Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Mahidol University’s recognition of the importance of human rights and peace is one of its key missions. The University established the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) in 1998 to provide study programs in peace, conflict, justice and human rights in the Asia-Pacific region, and globally. The courses are available for all students, and include basic human-rights concepts and conflict management. IHRP has produced academic research, organized training programs for human rights personnel, human rights defenders, members of civil society organizations, and government officers. In 2004, IHRP participated in resolving conflicts in the three southern border provinces (Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat), which have been violent conflict zones. IHRP aims to promote cooperation between all parties to elicit appropriate solutions, and to conduct activities by providing public spaces for policy discussions. The research findings and recommendations led to the “Interfaith Buddy project: Leaders for Weaving Peace and Reconciliation in Thailand”. This project gathered religious leaders, public-health volunteers, and public-health personnel to generate understanding and reconciliation, and inform social policy development using health issues, which are major strengths of Mahidol University. It has been able to create buddy networks between religious leaders for collaborations in 12 pairs, in over 38 strategic policy areas. The IHRP designed the policy proposals for social reconciliation, and published in-depth management progress reports in 3 languages. It also published a storybook for the education sector, the “Interfaith Buddy: Leaders for Weaving Peace and Reconciliation in Thailand”, and the “Interfaith Buddy for Peace” Facebook site to promote activities and campaigns for peace. Mahidol University also focuses on the rights of the child. The Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital published “Cohort and Cross-Sectional Research in Pediatric Boxers” and the Thai Boxing Act 2018 was subsequently amended. The Act does not allow children aged under 12 years to participate in a boxing match, and children aged between 12-14 years must have a permit before joining a boxing match. “Child Death Review: transforming evidence to policy and practice” (CDR) research played an important role influencing the emergence of child rights policy to reduce the child mortality rate. The 4 policies are as follows: 1. The policy on the use of a child car seat in vehicles in the Road Traffic Act (No. 13). 2. The policy on reducing the mortality of adolescents aged under 15 years from driving. 3. The policy on the rate of deaths by drowning among children, whereby the death rate must be less than 2 per 100,000 persons. 4. The policy on cause of death, to prevent child and youth mortality in Amnat Charoen Province.

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    18 Oct. 2565
    Good Governance of Mahidol University
    Mahidol University has a policy to develop the organization to be effective and good governance. That aims to be determined as a world-class university.
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    1 Sep. 2565
    Weaving Peace Together (WPT)
    The project on ‘Weaving Peace (in the South) Together’ (WPT) was before called ‘Intra-Buddhist dialogue for Majority-Minority Coexistence in Thailand’, which began in 2015, is a project aimed at conflict transformation in the South of Thailand. The Buddhist minority in the southern border provinces has felt marginalized in efforts to address the situation in the South. The sense of exclusion and passive victimhood in the Buddhist community has contributed to their isolation from other communities and their suspicion towards initiatives to build peace in the South. The project’s main engine for change is the group Weaving Peace Together (WPT). The group was established by the project in 2016 as a safe space to build a common understanding amongst different tendencies and groupings within the Buddhist community which will lead on to constructive efforts by the group to contribute to conflict transformation in the South. In order to empower the group, strategies and activities are developed jointly by them and the project partners. To further enhance the ownership of, and commitment to WPT group by its members, specific sub-projects proposed by WPT members are managed directly by sub-groups of WPT.
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    1 Sep. 2565
    Mahidol University’s participation in supporting the peace process in the southern border provinces, Thailand.
    Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) and the Council of Civil Society in Southern Border Provinces recognizes the importance of the peace dialogue process in solving ethno-political conflict in the Deep South. This project utilized a dialogue process to create a space for collaboration between influential actors (including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), scholars, and politicians) in solving socio-political problems. The project has continued for many years with the support of Mahidol University. In 2019 with a support of the project, the politicians and CSOs was agreed to sign the “Joint Agreement between Politicians and Civil Society for Southern Border Peace.” and agreed to mutually push forward an "establishment of a committee on the peace dialogue process" through parliamentary mechanisms.
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    Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies
    Our research team produced various teaching tools to raise awareness of child trafficking because we believe that all children including migrant students are equally entitled to human rights. Therefore, they should be protected from all forms of human exploitation irrespective of their or their parent’s race, colour, sex, language, religion, national, ethnic or social origin, political or other opinion, property, disability, birth or other status.
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    8 Jul. 2565
    The Project for Reviewing the Situations of Thai Children’’s Well-being and Inequality under the Framework of Sustainable Development
    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRCO) establishes the fundamental right of protecting children from any form of violence. The rights of children are composed of four main pillars: the right to survival, the right to protection, the right to development, and the right to participation.
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    2 Mar. 2565
    Interfaith Buddy for Peace: The Weavers of Peace and Harmony in Thai Society
    Interfaith Buddy for Peace: The Weavers of Peace and Harmony in Thai Society project applies dialogues as the start to bring trust and harmony and to ultimately bring peace to the three southern border provinces of Thailand where there are still deep-rooted conflicts in with different thoughts, beliefs, ideology, and culture. This is one of the projects receiving Mahidol University’s social guiding policy driving fund to promote research which leads to social guiding by applying healthcare to build trust and lead to concrete relationship weaving. Lessons learned were extracted and offered as peace and harmony policies in Thai society by applying 40 sub-seminar field tools in six southern border provinces. There were 170 people in attendance. The researcher used interview techniques and created sub-discussions in the areas to build understanding, to weave relationships and trust. Discussions were used to add trust and initiate a cross-religion relationship. Public stages were used to create more empathy, more understanding, and bonding across the communities, expanding network for people to take care of one another, as well as design the communities to exchange their experiences through their suffering and loss before becoming friends who support each other in aspects, including healthcare, especially during COVID-19 pandemic. This could bring mobilization opportunities for friends of different religions to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    11 Mar. 2565
    Children Protection Strengthening
    An injury is one of the major causes of death in children nowadays and tends to be troublesome in the near future. Consequently, the knowledge of this matter and its application are the necessity to make a viral change in human behaviors, environment, public policy, knowledge dissemination, social awareness, and state actors.