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For hundreds of thousands of ethnic minorities or stateless people living in Thailand, not having an ID card is a huge deal, perhaps the biggest of their lives. Without an ID card you can’t own land, take out a loan, start a business, get married, receive free education and healthcare, travel, vote and a myriad of other rights we take for granted every single day. Not only that, you face discrimination and injustice from people willing and ready to take advantage of your vulnerability, since, for the government, you do not exist as you have no legally registered documents. To add insult to injury, most of the half a million people currently waiting for their citizenship to be approved were born in Thailand and have had ancestors living here for hundreds of years. These are not foreign-born … Continued

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