The concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee's review of Thailand's human rights record under the ICCPR are now available

BANGKOK (28 March 2017) - The concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee review of Thailand's human rights record under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Geneva earlier this month are now available online.

During the review, the Committee raised concerns about a number of issues including the military's growing role in government affairs, curbs on freedom of expression, detentions under the lese-majeste law and harassment of human rights defenders.

As one of the 169 States that have ratified the ICCPR, Thailand is required to undergo a review about every four years on how it is implementing the Covenant.

The Committee recommended:

increased participation of women in private and public sector; abolishment of the death penalty; the prompt enactment of the anti-torture and anti-disappearance act and to establish a National Preventive Mechanism on Torture prevention: to consider the lifting of the Martial Law and Emergency Decree in the Southern Border Provinces; to ensure fair trial guarantees such as: right to law, not to be held in secret detention, family visits, investigation of all human rights violations to end impunity and to guarantee effective remedies to victims and families; to refrain from using lese-majeste, sedition, criminal defamation and the computers crime act as tools to suppress the freedom of expression and opinion including against human rights defenders, journalists, academics and political activists; take measures to end the prosecutions of those investigated and charged for exercising their right during the constitutional referendum; to review Article 112 of the Criminal Code and to ensure criminal proceedings are transparent and objective; transfer all civilians cases from military to civilian courts: refrain from prolonged detention of asylum seekers and migrants and implement alternative measures; ensure that National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) orders are in line with international law.

The ICCPR, together with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the so-called International Bill of Human Rights. Thailand was among the first countries to endorse the UDHR and has ratified both covenants. Through ratification of international human rights treaties, Governments undertake to put into place domestic measures and legislation compatible with their treaty obligations and duties.

The UN Human Rights Committee called on Thailand to accede to the two Optional Protocols to the ICCPR.

To view the full report, click here: Concluding observations on the second periodic report of Thailand


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