Workshop for Thai NGOs on effective alternative reporting to the UN Committee against Torture

Workshop for Thai NGOs on effective alternative reporting to the UN Committee against Torture

Participants of the workshop for Thai NGOs on effective alternative reporting to the UN Committee against Torture in Bangkok, from 21 to 22 January 2012

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Office for South-East Asia in collaboration with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and with the support from the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office conducted a two-day workshop for Thai NGOs on effective alternative reporting to the UN Committee against Torture in Bangkok on 21 – 22 January 2012. The workshop was attended by approximately 20 representatives from various NGOs in Thailand. The main objective of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of Thai civil society to engage effectively in the reporting process to the Committee against Torture, in particular through alternative reporting and follow-up.

NGOs have a crucial role to play in the reporting process to the Committee against Torture (CAT), including by submitting alternative reports contrasting their own information to that provided by the State in its report to the CAT. As such, NGOs assist the CAT in its task of assessing the implementation of the provisions of the Convention against Torture, and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as well as of recommending specific measures that need to be taken with a view to improving the situation in the country.

The Department of Rights and Liberties Protection (DRLP) of the Ministry of Justice has been taking the lead in coordinating and reporting on the implementation of the obligations of Thailand under this Torture Convention. Thailand’s first report was due in 2008 and it is expected to be reviewed by the Committee Against Torture in the second half of 2012. This is therefore an appropriate time for Thai civil society to engage effectively with the Committee’s reporting process.

 

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