National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

5 May 2016
The Thai election commission has warned that people selling t-shirts with prints about the referendum on the junta-sponsored draft constitution might face up to 10 years imprisonment. On Wednesday, 4 May 2016, Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, Election Commissioner of Thailand (ETC), told media that certain political groups might be charged under the Draft Referendum Act for selling t-shirts with images or texts about the referendum on the draft constitution.
3 May 2016
A former Law Reform Commissioner says that a fair referendum on the draft constitution is only a dream under the repressive political environment, while an Election Commissioner maintains that laws to regulate campaigns on the draft are necessary to prevent political conflict.
30 Mar 2016
Thai military have detained fishermen in eastern Thailand who earlier launched a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) about an eviction by the military.   
28 Jan 2016
An international human rights agency has downgraded Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) due to failures in addressing human rights issues.
17 Nov 2015
The Civil and Political Rights Subcommittee of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has concluded that although the 2013-2014 anti-election protests of People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) were overall constitutional, they violated the rights of others.
2 Oct 2015
People not getting jobs is becoming a regular feature of the news. First ultra-royalist Boworn Yasinthorn failed in his bid to become a National Human Rights Commissioner, where one assumes he would champion the right to file lèse majesté charges against anyone he disagreed with.  And now Chitpas Kridakorn, once a Bhirombhakdi but still a Boon Rawd beer heiress, has decided to withdraw her application to join the police force. 
27 Aug 2015
Villagers from the southern Thailand currently facing an eviction order from the Thai authorities asked National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate how the eviction order was reached.  
20 Aug 2015
Thai lawmakers have decided not to appoint an ultra-royalist to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) due to his tainted financial records. On Thursday, 20 August 2015, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) voted to approve five of the seven candidates to the NHRC. The five approved candidates are Angkana Neelapaijit, Chatsuda Chandeeying, Surachet Sathitniramai, Wat Tingsamit, and Prakairat Tontheerawong.
4 Aug 2015
A network of civil society organisations and human rights defenders have issued a joint statement, calling on Thai lawmakers not to approve the appointment of the candidates to Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
30 Jul 2015
More than two-thirds of the committee responsible for screening the candidates to Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) are high-ranking military officers. A leaked classified document listing the members of the committee authorized to screen the behaviour and ethical backgrounds of the candidates to the NHRC shows that 12 of the 17 are four-star military offcers. Four other members are civilians and the remaining member is a police general.
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.

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