Back to top

Pornpen Khongkachonkiet

HRD, Director
Cross Cultural Foundation

If we do not accept that torture is a crime and requires a proper remedy and compensation, this problem will not be solved.

Pornpen Khongkachonkiet is a human rights defender and the director of the Cross Cultural Foundation – an organization which monitors and documents cases of torture and ill-treatment in Thailand. She has been involved in various Human Rights issues both in Thailand and the region, including women’s rights, indigenous rights and preventing forced disappearances. Her work serves the public interest by ensuring that authorities are held accountable and pressuring authorities to unconditionally respect the Human Rights of all.

Human rights defenders in Thailand face threats, physical assaults, arbitrary detention, judicial harassment, and extrajudicial killings. HRDs most at risk include those working with migrants, particularly along the border with Burma, those who are fighting for economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights, and those working in the conflict zone of the three border provinces in Southern Thailand.