of Thailand is illegal
:UN and APF urged to boycott
Centre for Human Rights in a press release today stated that the
decision of the government of Thailand to set up the Rights and
Freedom Development Commission (RFDC) is another regressive step
taken by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to undermine the democratic
and human rights institutions in Thailand.
establishment of the RFDC violates Human Rights Commission Act of
1999 of Thailand. Although Article 30 authorises the NHRC to approach
the Prime Minister to order implementation of the remedial measures
within sixty days of reporting in case any violator or abuser of
human rights fails to implement the remedial measures as directed
by the Commission, it does not provide for establishment of such
a supervisory body. This is nothing but creating procedural obstacles
to take any action on human rights violations including fixing the
criminal responsibility for the Tak Bai mass killings of 25 October
2004 as recommend by the NHRC"
– stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of New Delhi based Asian Centre
for Human Rights.
the RFDC to screen the complaints before sending them to the Prime
Minister for further action tantamounts to setting up an illegal
supervisory body on the NHRC. Similarly, empowering the RFDC to
accept complaints directly from the people is a conspiracy to undermine
the NHRC which has sought to maintain its independence.
If indeed the NHRC is ineffective
to address human rights violations, the government of Thailand should
give it more powers and not undermine it. The solution does not
lie in creating more commissions with overlapping mandates but strengthening
the existing NHRC. If Thailand government is committed to address
all cases related to southern unrest, it should allow the NHRC to
set up field offices in Southern Thailand, and not create RFDC.
The Asian Centre for Human
Rights requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights, Louise Arbour to urge the government of Thailand not to
create the Rights and Freedom
Development Commission. The ACHR also urged the Asia Pacific Forum
of National Human Rights Institutions to boycott RFDC.