29 May 2015
“Reaching out”: An advocate for the promotion of equal participation and opportunity
Thailand attaches utmost importance to the promotion and protection of the rights of all people, especially the vulnerable groups such as children, women, persons with disabilities and older persons. We aim for a “society for all” where the human rights of all groups are respected and equally protected.
Thailand is Party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and among the fist countries to become Parties to all its three Optional Protocols. Thailand is also Party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol, as well as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and are in the process of becoming Party to its Optional Protocol.
Efforts have been continuously undertaken to revise our domestic legislation taking into account principles enshrined in these international human rights instruments. The Child Protection Act of 2003, the Juvenile and Family Court and Juvenile and Family Procedure Act of 2010 and the Persons with Disabilities Empowerment Act of 2007 are examples of such legislation.
Thailand is a member of the Executive Boards of the UNICEF and of UN Women for the term 2013 – 2015, and a member of the Commission on the Status of Women for the term 2012 – 2015, and chair of the bureau for its 59th Session (2015). Being an active member of these bodies, we have worked to promote cooperation within the UN framework on the rights, development and empowerment of children and women, including advocating for zero-tolerance on violence against them. As host country to the regional offices of UNICEF and UN Women, we have supported both organizations to assist other countries in the Asia-Pacific region in implementing programmes on children and women.
The Thai Government supports the work of all relevant UN bodies to protect the rights of children and women such as at the UN General Assembly, the Human Rights Council (HRC) and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).
Thailand advocates the inclusion of human rights, equality, and a people-centered approach as guiding principles of the post-2015 development agenda.