Downgrading the disgraceful NHRC

31 12 2014

Regular readers will know that PPT has no time for the failed National Human Rights Commission. It is irrelevant to human rights, is led by a military-royalist flunkey, and most of its members have no qualifications for the job. Worse, this misnamed organization has done damage to persons and their human rights in Thailand. It is, quite simply, a disgrace led by disgraceful persons.

According to a report in Khaosod, the Sub-Committee on Accreditation of the “International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC), Thailand’s Office of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) should be downgraded from its current status of ‘A’ to ‘B’.”

B? Is there a Z?

The report on this is available as a PDF. The recommendation is:

Recommendation: The SCA recommends that the NHRCT be downgraded to B status. In accordance with Article 18.1 of the ICC statute, a recommendation to downgrade does not take effect for a period of one year. This allows an opportunity for the NHRCT to provide the documentary evidence necessary to establish its continued conformity with the Paris Principles. The SCA notes that the NHRCT maintains A status for the one year period.

The reasons for the proposed downgrade are: serious concerns about the selection process for Commissioners; concerns about whether members are immune from prosecution for actions taken in good faith in the course of their official duties; concerns that the NHRCT has not been addressing serious human rights violations in a timely manner; and concerns that staff members of the NHRCT were displaying publicly their political affiliations whilst undertaking official functions.

A related Prachatai report states that the consequences of being downgraded are:

  • Not being able to express opinions or send documents during the UN’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Conference, including, not being able to send the yearly report on human rights situation in Thailand for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UNHRC. The next round of Thailand UPR is in 2016.
  • Thailand’s NHRC would be considered merely as an observer of the regional and international human rights conferences organized by the UNHRC.
  • Thailand’s NHRC would not be able to vote in any of the ICC’s decision or apply for the ICC membership.

 


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