Human Rights 75 in Thailand (for Asia-Pacific region)
Asia-Pacific Stand-Up Comedy Show: ‘Stand-Up for Human Rights’
On 10 December 2023, the UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia hosted “Stand-Up for Human Rights”, a comedy show that brought together performers from across the Asia-Pacific region to share their unique stories and perspectives on rights issues, including identity, migration, gender, inclusion, caste and racial discrimination. It provided a space for people to come together and where creativity can confront fear, hatred and discrimination. Laughter reminds us that we have more in common than what divides us! Held in partnership with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Alliance Française Bangkok, the show commemorated International Human Rights Day and the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with around 200 people from the public.
Asia-Pacific Youth Workshop for Human Rights 75
On 11 December 2023, as part of the Regional Hub of the Human Rights 75 High-Level Event, UN Human Rights hosted a youth workshop for 36 students from across the Asia-Pacific region about the relevance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), leading them through various interactive sessions to identify which human rights challenges they see in their countries and region, and to which UDHR articles these challenges correspond. Additionally, the students conceptualised ideas for possible projects that could address these challenges. To share the views of the youth, two participants delivered remarks through a live connection with high-level delegates in Geneva calling on Member States to prioritise fundamental freedoms such as the freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief, non-discrimination, recognition before the law, the right to life and a reminder that all humans are born free and equal. Two participants also conducted a youth fireside chat to discuss the outcomes of the workshop.
Asia-Pacific Human Rights 75 Reception
On 11 December, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and as part of the Regional Hub of the Human Rights 75 High-Level Event, UN Human Rights hosted a reception in Bangkok to echo the proceedings in Geneva. The reception was attended by around 145 participants, including member states, civil society, youths, UN agencies and other partners. During the event, the Royal Thai Government delivered its pledge as a commitment to the UDHR.