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Top Stories : Statement by the Delegation of Thailand, Mr. Sasiwat Wongsinsawat, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council on Monday, 13 March 2017

Statement by the Delegation of Thailand

Mr. Sasiwat Wongsinsawat

Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative

Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur

on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

on Monday, 13 March 2017

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Mr. President,

 

Thailand associates itself with the statement delivered by the Philippines on behalf of ASEAN. We also wish to express our appreciation to the Special Rapporteur for her report and presentation.

 

Thailand fully supports Myanmar’s efforts to move forward the Peace Process and national reconciliation to pave the way for sustainable peace and development in the country which is critical to its long term prospect.

 

Amidst the global uncertainties, Myanmar retains a dynamic and open economy that has helped to create jobs and eradicate poverty. It has continually taken steps to engage and be fully integrated with ASEAN and the wider region.  

 

Mr. President,

 

While many progresses are evidenced in these past few years, some challenges remain, in particular in Rakhine State.  Myanmar needs time to address these immense and complex challenges.

 

Thailand welcomes positive steps taken by Myanmar in setting up the Committee to address the national verification card issue as well as opening up for humanitarian assistance from ASEAN and the international community to tackle the urgent needs of the Rakhine People.

 

We encourage the international community to engage constructively with Myanmar and continue to provide technical assistance and capacity-building so that it could fulfill its human rights obligations.

 

Lastly, we believe that comprehensive development at home is key to addressing problems at its root causes. The Royal Thai Government has been providing development assistance to Rakhine State, with the aim to improving economic and social conditions of the people, as well as providing adequate access to basic rights. We are also exploring the possibility of developing community development projects, using Thailand’s concept of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, as part of the developmental process to leave no one behind.

 

Thank you, Mr. President.