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Human Rights Commissioner Pledges to Reverse Thailand's Standing

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Human Rights Commissioner Pledges to Reverse Standing
By Teeranai Charuvastra
Staff Reporter

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Pro-democracy activists crash an award ceremony Dec. 12, 2014, to criticize the National Human Rights Commission’s unwillingness to defend rights in the junta-ruled Thailand.

BANGKOK — The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, or NHRC, has been downgraded from by its international governing organization, a decision one commissioner hopes will be overturned later this year.

Citing a failure to maintain independence and address human rights violations in a timely manner, the commission’s international coordinating committee announced Thailand was downgraded from A-level status to “B” on Thursday, a year after it first issued a warning to the Thai rights agency.

Commissioner Angkhana Neelapaijit said she accepted the demotion but vowed to “step up” the agency’s efforts and convince the international committee to restore her agency to the top rank.

“It’s over,” Angkhana said when asked whether she plans to appeal the decision. “But there will be the next meeting in October or November. We will perform our duty and prove that this current set of commissioners work in accordance with the Paris Principles and in defense of human rights.”

Its lower status means it can not vote or take leadership roles on the international committee, where it can only participate as an observer.

Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1453983941&typecate=06&section=

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-- Khaosod English 2016-01-29

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Quite obviously Thailand has been deemed a basket case whilst the Prayut - O junta are in power as far as human rights are concerned ,mind , this isn't the only issue with Prayut, the country is on the verge of completely becoming a basket case and it wont take very much pushing for that to happen, roll on 2017..........................coffee1.gif

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An obvious response from the commissioner but wasted words as she can do nothing since she's not running the country and those who are won't pay the slightest attention to her or anyone else for that matter.

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"We will perform our duty and prove that this current set of commissioners work in accordance with the Paris Principles and in defense of human rights.”

Good luck with that.

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Is freedom of speech a human right ? Last article the Junta is asking Google to remove content without a court order. How can you have human rights if you have a government that is always trying to take your rights away. How does article 44, the new martial law, play into achieving human rights ? The logic is baffling .

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Is freedom of speech a human right ? Last article the Junta is asking Google to remove content without a court order. How can you have human rights if you have a government that is always trying to take your rights away. How does article 44, the new martial law, play into achieving human rights ? The logic is baffling .

AAAAND a possible implementation of an online GATEWAY, that must not be named...

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I wish I could get on the panel that gives out these ratings. No point in down grading unless you say why.

Tell the truth, let the people of Thailand know just how scummy those in charge are.

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Hauling away students, arresting people for les majeste on royal dogs, those two poor Burmese boys in Koh Tao, slave labor on the fishing boats, sensitivity to Royhinga, prisoners dying in prison from "food poisoning", and a host of other things regarding freedom of speech will likely further degrade the scores. No light at the end of this tunnel yet.

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Long overdue step to sideline the Thai NHRC - notoriously skewed feudalistic , yellow, democracy averse apparatchiks.They have shamed the human rights cause in Thailand which they were supposed to champion.Good riddance.

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Never knew the Thai NHRC ever existed. No lost in the downgrade. The pro democracy students and activists are doing a better job.

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Quite obviously Thailand has been deemed a basket case whilst the Prayut - O junta are in power as far as human rights are concerned ,mind , this isn't the only issue with Prayut, the country is on the verge of completely becoming a basket case and it wont take very much pushing for that to happen, roll on 2017..........................coffee1.gif

Oh so when 3000 people were killed during the Taksin regime plus all the other atrocities under his regime, Thailand had a good human rights record then?

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