National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
(New York, February 4, 2015) – Thailand’s military-installed Constitution Drafting Committee should scrap a proposal to merge the national human rights commission with the ombudsman’s office, Human Rights Watch said today. The military-appointed constitution drafters’ plan would gut the national human rights agency and pave the way for further repression.