On 12 – 13 June 2014, Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Acting Foreign Minister, attended the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Gevena, Switzerland.
On this occasion, the Permanent Secretary met with Mrs. Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to explain the current situation on Thai politics, and to reaffirm Thailand’s commitment to the principles of the international human rights obligation, as well as the campaign for Thailand’s membership in the Human Rights Council term 2015 – 2017. During the discussion, the High Commissioner acknowledged the explanation on the situation in Thailand.
The Permanent Secretary was also the main speaker in the parallel activities on “Thailand’s implementation of recommendations and voluntary pledges under the first cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 2012 – 2014”, of which he highlighted Thailand’s three years progress on the UPR. The UPR serves as the HRC’s reviewing mechanism on overall human rights situation. Thailand is scheduled to present the report of the national UPR at the second cycle of the 25th UPR Working Group in 2016.
Mr. Phuangketkeow, who was former President of the Human Rights Council for 2010 – 2011, took part in the debate on the Human Rights Mainstreaming in the Post - 2015 Development Agenda with Presidents of the Human Rights (5th – 8th Cycle), of which Thailand and the Permanent Representatives of Gabon, Poland and Uruguay to the United Nations in Geneva co-sponsored. On this occasion, Permanent Secretary Sihasak presented the topic on the “Equality and non-discrimination as a basis of sustainable development: “Leave no one behind”, in which the Permanent Secretary stressed that the equality and non-discrimination must become a basis of sustainable development, and marked that Geneva and the Council should be able to contribute more to the ongoing discussion in New York.