Joining Hands to Combat Human Trafficking and Launch OHCHR’s Commentary on the Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking

Ratify the Migrant Workers Convention

Combat Human Trafficking

In honour of International Human Rights Day observed annually on 10 December, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Regional Office for South-East Asia, is organizing an event in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, the Royal Thai Police and the Anti-Human Trafficking Network of non-governmental organizations, on 16 December 2010 from 9:15 to 12:00 noon to Launch OHCHR’s Commentary on the Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking.

The Recommended Principles and Guidelines have been developed in order to provide practical, rights-based policy guidance on the prevention of trafficking and the protection of victims of trafficking. The Commentary on the Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking aims at providing further concrete guidance on the prevention of human trafficking and the protection of victims of trafficking. States and intergovernmental organizations are encouraged to make use of the Principles and Guidelines, as well as the Commentary, in their own efforts to prevent trafficking and to protect the rights of trafficked persons.

This upcoming collaborative event aims at promoting the coordinated efforts of various actors involved in combating human trafficking in Thailand and the challenges they currently face in their work. The discussion will focus on the primacy of human rights in combating human trafficking, as well as the challenges that national actors currently face in combating human trafficking and protecting the rights of victims in Thailand. The discussion will focus on regional, national and community-based dimensions to combating human trafficking in Thailand.

Speakers include: Ms. Marcia V.J. Kran, Director of the Research and Right to Development Division, OHCHR Geneva, Mrs. Rarinthip Sirorat, Inspector-General of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Police General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police, Mr. Suriya Chindawongse, Minister Counsellor of the ASEAN Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Sompong Sakaew, Executive Director of Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation, The Anti-Human Trafficking Network of non-governmental organizations. Police General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police, Ms. Hannah Wu, Deputy Chief of the South-East Asia Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Professor Amara Pongsapich, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand will deliver the opening remarks. Mrs. Rarinthip Sirorat, Inspector-General, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and Ms. Thanavadee Thacheen, Director of Friends of Women Foundation, The Anti-Human Trafficking Network will deliver the closing remarks.

This event will be conducted primarily in Thai, with simultaneous interpretation available in English via headsets.

For further information please contact: Ubonwan Boonrattanasamai (Thai), OHCHR, Tel: 02 288 2084; boonrattanasamai@un.org or Camaran Pipes (English), OHCHR, Tel: 02 288 1605; pipes@un.org

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