04 March 2012

Looking through the lens of children’s rights

Munlika Hutamai, 17, is committed to do what she can to help promote children's rights.© UNICEF/Thailand/2012/Nattha Keenapan

Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on May 18, 2012)

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand – To many people, a Ministry of Education regulation that  stipulates a specific hair length for female students in public schools may not appear worthy of discussion by a United Nations committee. But for 17-year-old Munlika Hutamai, who had a chance to voice her opinions about the rights of children in Thailand to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this year, the issue reflects what she sees as a major obstacle towards the realization of children’s rights in Thailand: the attitude of adults towards children.