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Top Stories : Statement by the Delegation of Thailand Mr. Pongsiri Vorapongse First Secretary Clustered interactive dialogue with the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises and Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants at the 35th session of the Human Rights Council on 8 June 2017

Statement by the Delegation of Thailand

Mr. Pongsiri Vorapongse

First Secretary

Clustered interactive dialogue with the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises and Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants

at the 35th session of the Human Rights Council

on 8 June 2017, 12.00-15.00, at Room XX, Palais des Nations

 

Mr. President,

 

Thailand welcomes the Working Group’s report on SMEs. SMEs form a significant part of the Thai economy. It is, therefore, imperative to promote the UN Guiding Principles among SMEs.

Recently, Thailand had the opportunity to welcome the Chair and member of the Working Group for a seminar and a regional workshop on business and human rights. The Thai Prime Minister reaffirmed strong political will for the promotion of the Guiding Principles at the seminar. Relevant ministries, business chambers, the National Human Rights Commission, and the UN Global Compact Network Thailand also signed the declaration on cooperation to promote the Guiding Principles.

Thailand is in the process of conducting baseline study and developing a national action plan on business and human rights. We plan to gear such efforts towards the same direction as we strive to achieve the SDGs and base it on the existing Sufficiency Economy Philosophy initiated by our late King Bhumibol.

Thailand thanks the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants for the report.

Positive contributions that migrants have made to host and home communities has facilitated a shift towards public perception of migrants that is more positive and fact-based.

Human rights should be a vital dimension of any migration policies, including in the drafting of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Dialogue and cooperation between the countries of origin, transit and destination, as well as involvement of civil society and migrants, are vital for the protection of migrants’ rights and a global response to migration based on the principle of burden-sharing.

Thank you.