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Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Thailand:

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 Persons with Disabilities in Thailand was prepared by Manushya Foundation and the Association to Empower the Potential of Women with Disabilities.


The UPR Factsheet examines the compliance of Thailand with the recommendations it received during its 2nd UPR cycle in relation to Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Thailand. The number of Persons with Disabilities has increased in recent years. However, their rights have not been mainstreamed across all sectors to ensure equal access to social justice, health care, education, and government services

This factsheet indicates that Persons with Disabilities face severe challenges in accessing their human rights, in the following manner: 


  • Persons with Disabilities are discriminated against in employment and education

  • Women with Disabilities face multiple and intersectional discrimination

  • Persons with Disabilities face barriers in accessing healthcare services and public environment

  • Lack of accessibility to the justice system

  • The impact of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities

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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