Thailand: UN body slams ongoing violations of civil and political rights

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On 28 March 2017, following the review of Thailand’s second report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the UN Human Rights Committee (CCPR) issued Concluding Observations expressing serious concerns and made recommendations on a wide range of issued related to civil and political rights in Thailand.

Many of these concerns and recommendations echoed those made by FIDH and its member organisations, the Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) and Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw), in their joint report “Under siege - Violations of civil and political rights under Thailand’s military junta.” The report, released ahead of the CCPR review, documented how military rule has had a wide-ranging, negative impact on the country’s human rights situation since the 22 May 2014 coup d’état. During the review on 13-14 March 2017, CCPR members extensively cited information contained in the report.

CCPR members also used parts of the joint FIDH/UCL report “Behind the walls – A look at conditions in Thailand’s prisons after the coup” to question the government delegation about prison conditions in Thailand. Detention conditions are one of the three key issues identified by the CCPR for which Thailand will have to provide information on the implementation of the committee’s recommendations within one year of the adoption of the Concluding Observations.

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