Death Penalty in Thailand:
THAILAND'S THIRD UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW CYCLE
9 SEPTEMBER 2021
Thailand will be reviewed by UN Member States on all its human rights record during its Third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) taking place on 10 November 2021 at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva (39th Session of the UPR Working Group).
To tell the truth behind #WhatsHappeningInThailand and to guarantee Recommending States make SMART recommendations that will hold the Thai government accountable on its international human rights obligations and will improve the situation on the ground, Manushya Foundation, local community members of the Thai CSOs Coalition for the UPR and the Thai BHR Network, and partner Civil Society Organizations have prepared UPR Advocacy Factsheets addressing the most challenging human rights issues and providing community-led UPR recommendations to be made to the Thai government.
The UPR Factsheet on Death Penalty in Thailand was prepared by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on the basis of their Joint NGO Submission with the Union for Civil Liberty (UCL).
The UPR Factsheet examines the compliance of Thailand with the recommendations it received during its 2nd UPR cycle in relation to Death Penalty in Thailand. During its second UPR, Thailand resumed executions. On 18 June 2018, Theerasak Longji, 26, was executed by lethal injection at an unspecified location. Mr. Theerasak was found guilty of a premeditated murder he had committed in Trang on 17 July 2012. Theerasak always maintained he had not committed the crime.
This factsheet indicates that the current legal developments violate international human rights in the following manner:
Number of capital crimes increases
Death penalty for drug-related offenses
Lack of political will blocks progress towards abolition
Failure to adequately inform the public on issues surrounding the death penalty
The UPR Factsheet includes community-led UPR recommendations for Recommending States to use when making their UPR recommendations to the Thai government and ensure their recommendations address the needs of local communities on the ground. It is critical for diplomats to make recommendations that are directly coming from communities to improve the human rights situation on the ground; as communities are experts of their issues: they live with the challenges and they also know the solutions they need to advance their human rights.
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