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PM meets with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights before delivering an oral statement

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September 9, 2013 at 1215hrs, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra met with Mrs. Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Gist as follows:

PM Yingluck expressed her honor to be the first Thai Prime Minister to deliver an oral statement at the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (HRC). Promotion and protection of human rights is core to the Thai Government’s policies, and priority has been given to the issues of human rights and democracy.

According to PM Yingluck, Thailand is honored for the fact that a UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights is based in Bangkok. The regional office is indeed significant in promoting and endorsing issues related to the human rights in Thailand and the Southeast Asian region, and Thailand would continue to pledge support for the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

As a member of HRC, Thailand has emphasized and has intently worked on technical cooperation and capacity building on the issue of human rights.

Human rights, democracy and humanitarianism are ones of the country’s core values. Thailand hopes to be a connecting bridge between individuals or countries of different views on human rights, and intends to maintain a constructive role in HRC. In light of this, Thailand has submitted its candidature for a non-permanent membership on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the term 2015-2017.

PM Yingluck and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also discussed Thailand’s reconciliation process. PM Yingluck expressed her appreciation for UNSC’s concern on Thai reconciliation process, and informed the UN High Commissioner that the Thai Government has been working closely with and encouraged all concerned parties to be part of the conciliation process in order to seek mutual agreement and solution. The Thai Government intends to listen to different views and opens to the experiences of other countries and organizations. In fact, it has organized a Special Lecture on “Uniting for the future: Learning from each other’s experiences” the previous Sunday to highlight democracy and the Rule of Law.

PM Yingluck also reaffirmed that Thailand’s amnesty bill is not meant to pardon all political prisoners or to exempt human rights violators from being punished. However, HRC’s concern is well understood and PM Yingluck called for UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights to closely coordinate with the Thai Government since this is a delicate matter and could possibly be distorted for political interests.

For so many years, Thailand has and will continue to take care of the Indochinese refugees and displaced people from Myanmar, as well as the Rohingyas. In fact, refugee shelters in Thailand boast the best shelters for women and children refugees. The country is well aware of diverse challenges and has put efforts in seeking ways to solve the problems. The best solution is for them to have a safe return to their countries. However, this takes time, and Thailand would require assistance and would open to different points of views in tackling the challenges.

Thailand is an open society. Different views and opinions can be expressed and exchanged. Violators of the Kingdom’s lèse majesté law, as well as those convicted under other criminal laws, have the rights for fair trial and legal assistance.

In addition, Thailand is now in the process of revising laws and law enforcement to comply with international standards.

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