Human rights abuses and vulnerability to HIV/AIDS: The experiences of Burmese women in Thailand

Karen Leiter, Voravit Suwanvanichkij, Ingrid Tamm, Vincent Iacopino, Chris Beyrer

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Abstract

We investigated human rights concerns related to migration, living and working conditions, and access to HIV/AIDS services and reproductive health services for Burmese women in Thailand. Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS for Burmese women stemmed from abuses they experienced: gender and ethnic discrimination, including violence; unsafe migration and trafficking; labor and sexual exploitation; and denial of health care. Despite having bound itself to human rights laws, the Thai government is failing to fulfill its obligations to Burmese women, with particularly devastating impacts for their well-being, including the risk of HIV/AIDS. Moreover, as our documentation shows, this failure to incorporate human rights concerns into its national response to the epidemic virtually guarantees that HIV/AIDS will continue to be a problem in Thailand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-111
Number of pages24
JournalHealth and human rights
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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