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Rights of the Child in Thailand:
 29 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 Rights of the Child in Thailand was prepared by the Convention on the Rights of the Child Coalition Thailand (CRC Coalition Thailand) based on its Joint Submission on the Rights of the Child.

The UPR Factsheet examines the compliance of Thailand with the recommendations it received during its 2nd UPR cycle in relation to Child Rights in Thailand. In the five years since the 2nd Cycle of the UPR, the evidence prove that the government has persistently failed to implement any of the recommendations received. There are still children and youth who were physical and emotional abused, including domestic violence, discriminations, and exploitation.

This factsheet indicates that Children and Youth face severe challenges in accessing their human rights, in the following manner:


  • Online sexual abuse and violence against children

  • Stateless children, refugee children and undocumented migrant children

  • Minimum age for marriage law and enforcement

  • Corporal Punishment

  • Children’s right to quality care

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.

Learn more about our work with UN Human Rights Mechanisms (Click here)

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