THAILAND'S THIRD UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW CYCLE
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 Safe Abortion was prepared by Tamtang Group and Manushya Foundation, on the basis on the Joint UPR Submission on Safe Abortion in Thailand.
The UPR Factsheet examines the compliance of Thailand with the recommendations it received during its 2nd UPR cycle in relation to Safe Abortion. In its 2nd UPR cycle, no recommendations were made in direct relation to access to safe abortion in Thailand. However, it received five recommendations addressing the right to the highest attainable standard of health and women's rights to healthcare service.
This factsheet addresses the challenges and issues that persist regarding Safe Abortion include:
Lack of Access to Information on Safe Abortion Services
Lack of Availability of Safe Abortion Services across Thailand
Abortion beyond 12 weeks still criminalized under the Criminal Code
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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