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Top Stories : Statement by the Delegation of Thailand, Mr. Sasiwat Wongsinsawat, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, Item 2 : Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council on Thursday, 9 March 2017

Statement by the Delegation of Thailand

Mr. Sasiwat Wongsinsawat

Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative

Item 2 : Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner

at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

on Thursday, 9 March 2017

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Mr. President,

At the outset, I wish to thank the High Commissioner for his update. Thailand also joins the international community in celebrating the courage and strength of women’s movements around the world.

It is important that all of us work together to overcome the pressing global challenges to create sustainable peace and security as well as realize the Sustainable Development Goals. In doing so, we must not lose sight of human rights because it is only when the rights of all people are protected and promoted that we truly achieve sustainability for all.

On our part, Thailand remains fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights of all people in the country. We also wish to reaffirm our belief that the promotion and protection of human rights must be based on the principles of cooperation as well as genuine and constructive dialogue.

Last year, we participated in the second cycle UPR review. A plan of action of our accepted recommendations and voluntary pledges that will guide our implementation for the next four and a half years was recently approved by the Cabinet. Next week, Thailand will present our second report to the Human Rights Committee. We look forward to engaging constructively with the Committee and receiving recommendations that will help us improve our work on the ground.

Our work under the political roadmap continues. The draft Constitution, which passed the referendum in August last year, reaffirms our commitment by underlining the principles of equal rights and protection under the law, non-discrimination, prohibition of torture, and freedom of religious and belief, among others.

Mr. President,

Thailand reaffirms our support for the work of the High Commissioner and OHCHR, both here in Geneva and the regional office in Bangkok.

Thank you.