Yala (Thailand)

A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination

In a similar way as Madrid, the Municipality of Yala has adopted an Inclusive Society plan in the context of which the Municipality organises different activities to promote inclusion. The objective of the Plan is the promotion a feeling of equality among culturally diverse populations.  The Municipality also wants to encourage the participation of all ethnic groups in the social, political, educational and local management, in order to resolve conflict that pervades the area.

In this context, the Municipality has set up a Community committee meeting project, a training and professional group meeting project, a child development centre, a university admission tutorial and a cultural exchange learning camp.  The City wishes to serve as an example for others, as it has a culturally diverse population. Through its Inclusive Society Plan, the City endeavours to enable open communication and transparency, and organises cultural activities directed at the achievement of a more inclusive society.

City Information
Yala’s population is estimated to be around 65.000 people. It is said to be the cleanest city in Thailand. Yala province (in which the City of Yala is the capital) is one of the four provinces of Thailand with a Muslim majority. About 72% are Malay speaking Muslims.

Yala is a member of the Coalition of Cities against Discrimination in Asia and the Pacific.

For more information, please visit: www.yalacity.go.th/th (website in Thaï).

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