Thailand is struggling to put a brave face on its human rights records.
After successful defense of its first Universal Period Review (UPR) report last October in Geneva, the concerned Thai authorities have started to examine all recommendations from their peers at the United Nations. A total of 172 suggestions were given by 52 countries during the reviews, the Thai delegation accepted 100 leaving 72 for further studies. By mid-March, Thailand must reply whether it will take up the rest.
Last Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry held a meeting among concerned ministries with other stakeholders. They exchanged views on the recommendations which were focused on key human rights-related topics including additional ratifications of international human rights mechanisms, the empowerment of Truth and Reconciliation Commission, situation in Southern provinces, migration and trafficking and lese majeste law. Obviously the last three issues are the most critical that require the moral courage from the country’s top policy makers to respond in the near future.