Thailand presented its first national report on the human rights situation in the country at the 12th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group. The report was adopted at the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in March 2012. Thailand received a total of 172 recommendations, 134 of which have been accepted in whole or in part. In addition, Thailand also made 8 voluntary pledges on the promotion and protection of human rights.
The Cabinet approved our accepted recommendations from the first cycle of the UPR review and tasked the National UPR Committee to monitor the implementation of such recommendations and voluntary pledges in addition to preparation of the mid-term and second UPR reports. The National Committee is chaired by Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and comprises representatives from all relevant agencies, including representatives from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), civil society and human rights experts.
The Committee has met several times since May 2012 to discuss implementation of our accepted recommendations and preparation of the mid-term and second UPR reports. In 2013, a national action plan was developed and distributed to government agencies to use as a guideline on the implementation of the recommendations and voluntary pledges. The Plan was also distributed to the NHRC and civil society organizations for them to help monitor the government’s efforts in this regard. Thailand will go through the second cycle of the UPR at the 25th UPR Working Group in 2016.