Thailand Presents at the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by its States parties. All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of “concluding observations”.
Wanchai Roujanavong, Director-General of the International Affairs Department said that the 2014 Interim Constitution guaranteed all human rights and dignity as the previous Constitution and the current Government had passed or upgraded a number of human rights-related laws, including the Gender Equality Act and the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act. Committee Experts took note of the recent profound political changes in Thailand and inquired how it had affected the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights in the country, expressing concern overall about the lack of protection for illegal migrants and about disproportionate poverty and economic marginalization of hill tribes and ethnic minorities in the north and north-eastern provinces.