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Thailand Recommits to Core Values in Promoting and Protecting Human Rights

24 February 2021 (Readers 215)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has shared lessons in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis at the 46th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) by reiterating the importance of promoting and protecting human rights at a time when the world continues to confront COVID-19.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister on 23 February 2021 delivered a pre-recorded video statement at the 46th Session of the HRC, held at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said, "We need to stand up for human dignity and safeguard human security. Building back better and more sustainably means strengthening and integrating human rights in all of our recovery efforts, from civil and political rights, to social and economic rights, to the right to health.

He also shared the following approaches and measures that have allowed Thailand to strike the right balance between building socio-economic resilience and ensuring active political and social engagement:

(1) States must provide safe space for all stakeholders to participate in dialogues on issues of their concern, while upholding the rule of law. At the same time, States have the responsibility to prevent the exploitation of fake news and hate speech;

(2) In realizing social and economic rights, States must refocus on people, sustainability and resilience. Thailand stands ready to share the experiences on the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, or SEP, as one approach to advance balanced development while producing practical solutions, and

(3) States must strengthen efforts to realize the rights to health. Thailands Universal Health Coverage scheme has proven to be one of the most effective safeguards for all, including migrant workers, against the disease and socio-economic and financial hardship.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed Thailands commitment to the multilateral human rights system and reiterated its support for the work of the Human Rights Council in promoting and protecting human rights. This is exemplified in the Universal Periodic Review, under which Thailand will be presenting its 3rd cycle report this November.

"We will also continue to advance our efforts on technical assistance and capacity building activities on human rights promotion and protection at the bilateral and regional levels with our friends and counterparts, he said.


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