National Human Rights Commission of Thailand to be downgraded? 

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Jan 1, Bangkok: An international panel of the International Coordinating Committee on National Human Rights Institutions (ICC), after evaluating the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC), on Thursday has recommended the downgrading of NHRC.

As per the information we have received,the recommendation was made by the sub-committee on accreditation (SCA) of the International Coordinating Committee on National Human Rights Institutions (ICC), which has proposed that the NHRC be bumped down from A to B status, and the committee has given several reasons for its recommendation.

According to a human rights officer of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the sub-committee reported that the selection of people to sit on the NHRC was not diversified and lacked the participation of the civil sector.

“The SCA reported that the NHRC took three years to complete and publish a report into alleged human rights violations in 2010, and had yet to produce a report on the incidents in 2013”, said a human rights officer, Lawansiri Pokpong.

“The NHRC has one year to improve it performance and if it fails to do so its status would be downgraded from A to B,” Mr Pokpong said. If reduced to B status, the NHRC would be unable to express its opinions or present written documents to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the human right situation in Thailand at the council’s meeting in 2016, he added.

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