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Top Stories : Intervention by the Delegation of Thailand, Mr. Pongsiri Vorapongse, Second Secretary, Debate on racial profiling and indictment to hatred, including in the context of migration Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council on 17 March 2017

Intervention by the Delegation of Thailand

Mr. Pongsiri Vorapongse, Second Secretary,

Debate on racial profiling and indictment to hatred,

including in the context of migration

Commemoration of the International Day for

the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,

at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council

on 17 March 2017

 

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Mr. President,

Thailand had the honour to submit, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, the GA resolution that mandated today’s debate. Given the mounting concern over racism and xenophobia, we are pleased to see the Human Rights Council remaining seized on this matter.

As we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Thailand reaffirms our commitment to fighting racial profiling and indictment to hatred. We stand by our conviction that no one should be subject to discrimination, negative stereotyping and hatred based on his or her race, religion, belief, language or culture.

We echo the collective voice of the global community, as expressed in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which condemns acts and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance against refugees and migrants.

Thailand’s withdrawal of its reservation to Article 4 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination illustrates our commitment to fulfilling international human rights obligations.

Looking ahead, we should work together to address the persistent challenges that have hindered progress in the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA). We should foster technical assistance and capacity-building, and deepen international cooperation based on the principle of responsibility sharing, in order to better implement the DDPA.

We would like to ask the panel the following question. How can we intensify efforts to protect members of migrant communities who are in vulnerable situations, such as children, women and persons with disabilities, from racial profiling and indictment to hatred? 

Thank you, Mr. President.