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Thailand & the UN Convention against Torture


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Thailand - UNCATOn 27-28 May the APT, in cooperation with the ICJ and OHCHR, and under the patronage of the Thai Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs, organised a two-day seminar on the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and the reporting to the UN Committee against Torture. The event aimed to assist legal advisors from all relevant government agencies to identify which legislation needs to be amended in order for Thailand to fully comply with the text and spirit of the Convention, and what needs to be done in order for Thailand to submit a high-quality initial report to the Committee.

Thailand was the last country to accede to the Convention, in October 2007, and has since shown a desire to abide by its principles, in spite of the serious challenges arising from the unrest which currently prevails in the Southern provinces of the country. 

 

Date: 27-28 May 2008
Place:
Bangkok, Thailand
Partners

International Commission of Jurists

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 

Purpose: To enhance the capacity of Thai law-makers to implement the UN Convention against Torture and introduce the reporting process before the UN Committee against Torture.
Activities:

In cooperation with the Bangkok offices of the International Commission of Jurists and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and under the patronage of the Thai Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs, the APT organised a two-day seminar on the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and the reporting to the UN Committee against Torture. This event, which was attended by Prof. Vitit Muntharbhorn and Prof. Kulpol Polwan from Chulalongkorn University, sought to assist Thai legal advisors from all relevant government agencies to identify which pieces of legislation need to be amended in order for Thailand to fully comply with the text and spirit of the Convention, and what needs to be done in order for Thailand to submit a high-quality initial report to the Committee.

On the first day, participants discussed the substantive obligations coming from the Convention and the extent to which the current legal and institutional framework complies with these international standards.  These discussions continued into the morning of day two, and led to the identification of priorities for reform. The remainder of the second day was spent on the reporting to the UN Committee against Torture. 

Expected Outcome: 
  • The government of Thailand will propose amendments to its Penal Code, its Criminal Procedure Code and other relevant pieces of legislations to be in compliance with the UN Convention against Torture.
  • Thailand will present a high-quality initial report to the UN Committee against Torture.
  • Increased understanding by relevant authorities of what measures ought to be taken to fully implement the UNCAT.
  • Increased understanding of the reporting process before the Committee against Torture.
  • Identification of practical steps needed to be taken to further prevent torture in the country.
Documents: 

Agenda

The role of lawyers in the prevention of torture - Thai  

Contact Person: Philippe Tremblay, APT Asia-Pacific Programme Officer
 

Thailand - UNCAT

Matt Pollard, representing APT and Mercedes Morales, Committee Secretary, Committee Against Torture

 

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