Thai Working Group
Chair Receives Special Citation for Human Rights
Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree, chairperson of the Thai
Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism (Thai
Working Group), received a special citation for her outstanding
human rights work from the Jose W. Diokno Foundation on
February 27, 2008.
Dr. Petcharamesree (third from right) stands beside
Ms. Editha Burgos, who received the 4th Ka Pepe Diokno
Award on behalf of her husband and press freedom icon
Jose G. Burgos Jr.
The Foundation annually bestows an Award of Recognition
and Special Citation on individuals who imbibe the libertarian
and human rights values of the late Senator
Jose "Pepe" Diokno. The former Senator is
renowned for being a human rights lawyer who crusaded for
victims of military oppression during the Marcos regime
in the Philippines.
Petcharamesree is the first non-Filipino and the first surviving
recipient of the Special Citation. She is recognized nationally
and regionally for her contributions on issues of citizenship,
economic, social and cultural rights, community rights,
and human rights education. The Office
of Human Rights Studies and Social Development (Mahidol
University), where she sits as director, is the only
institution in Southeast Asia which offers a graduate degree
and Ph.D in human rights. Petcharamesree is also the current
chairperson of the Human Rights Education Working Group
of the Thai Ministry
"I am grateful that my little contribution is being
recognized by the Graduate School of Business of De La
Salle Professional Schools and the Jose W. Diokno Foundation,"
said Petcharamesree as she accepted her award, "My
final words as a teacher who has been learning human rights
together with our students would be about human rights
education. I strongly believe that if each of us teaches
our students how to live with others and how to care about
suffering of others, one day we will have a better society".
the complete transcript of Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree’s