Puttanee Kangkun is a Senior Thailand Human Rights Specialist with Fortify Rights. She has more than 15-years of experience engaging on human rights issues in Thailand and Southeast Asia. With Fortify Rights, she works on issues related to people on the move, advocates for the protection of urban refugees and alternatives to detention, and has been working to develop a refugee screening mechanism. Puttanee has monitored one of Thailand’s largest trafficking trials of officials complicit in trafficking of the Rohingya, and has also worked monitoring the human rights situation in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
Puttanee’s previous experience includes supporting human rights defenders nationwide including in the Deep South with the Asian Human Rights Commission and Justice and Peace Foundation. She also worked assisting displaced student activists from Myanmar through her work with the Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma the 1990s.
Puttanee holds a MA in Human Rights from Mahidol University, Thailand. Recently, she was elected Chair of South East Asia Working Group of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).
Puttanee will be joining the Opening Session on Tuesday 19 February from 9.15am – 10.30am.