National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

27 Jul 2015
An expert on civil and political rights who serves as an advisor to Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has resigned, saying that most of the candidates for commissioner are not qualified. Yatsipha Suksai, an expert on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and an advisor to the NHRC submitted a resignation letter to the human rights agency on 23 July 2015.  
24 Jul 2015
Thailand’s national assembly should reject the nominees for the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), whose selection process did not meet international standards, Human Rights Watch said today. Upcoming revisions to the Thai constitution should ensure that the NHRC is credible, independent, and accountable, and that its commissioners are chosen in a transparent manner, open to public scrutiny and broad-based participation.
22 Jul 2015
After the names of the candidates for the National Human Rights Commissions of Thailand (NHRC) were revealed, many eyebrows were raised over the nomination of an ultra-royalist with a record of human rights abuse. For many human rights defenders, however, it is only the symptom of a malady that has long rendered the rights commission impotent.
21 Jul 2015
The Thai national rights agency has announced a list of seven candidates to replace the old human rights commissioners while a human researcher raised question whether most candidates are qualified as human rights defenders.    On Tuesday, 21 July 2015, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) announced the list of seven new members of the NHRC, who will be replacing the old NHRC members who have been in office since June 2009.
8 Jul 2015
A junta representative said that the military took no part in the arrest of the 14 anti-junta activists and dismissed allegations of intimidating villagers who support the activists.   On Wednesday, 8 July 2015, the sub-committee on civil and political rights of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) held a meeting to investigate the arrest of the 14 embattled anti-junta student activists.
28 May 2015
Embattled villagers in Thailand’s Northeast Isan region have urged the Thai authorities to consider the environmental impacts of oil drilling before it is too late.
22 Apr 2015
An independent civil society organisation urged people to call for a public referendum before the junta’s draft constitution is passed to guarantee public participation and fairness of the draft.        
18 Mar 2015
Thai cultural officials are becoming concerned at the proliferation on the internet of ‘underblurb selfies’ posted by politicians in an attempt to make themselves attractive to voters. 
11 Mar 2015
The authorities continue to suppress local activists and villagers who oppose petroleum exploration in villages in Thailand’s Northeast. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the military on 25 February brought Thawatchai Surat, a northeastern energy activist, to Buriram Muang Police Station and tried to force him to sign an agreement not to campaign against a petroleum operator.  However, Thawatchai refused to sign any document.   
10 Mar 2015
Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday criticized the junta’s Public Assembly Bill as contradicting the principle of rights.  Although academics and activists have voiced criticism of the bill, it is pending the second reading, by the rubber-stamp National Legislative Assembly (NLA).
12 Feb 2015
11 Feb 2015 – Under the Law Reform Commission of Thailand Act B.E 2553 (2010) , Law Reform has been defined as implication of all acts aiming to revise and develop law in the way that shall be expedient and provide the best benefit for the people and the country. This shall include revise and development of the law in corresponds to the word and meaning of the constitution, the machinery of the judicial process, due process of law, law enforcement, adjudicative law, drafting law, that is to revise and development of the law.
5 Feb 2015
Thailand’s human rights agency will submit a letter to the Thai junta leader, urging it to reconsider the plan to merge the agency with the Ombudsman Office, while civil groups condemned the plan.

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