A team of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission visits National Human Rights Commission of Thailand

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WEDNESDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2012

A team of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission visits National Human Rights Commission of Thailand.

On 13 February 2012, a team of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) headed by Mr. Win Mra, Chairperson and accompanied by Mr.NyuntSwe, Member of the MNHRC met with Professor Amara Pongsapich, Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) at the Office of the NHRCT. Also present at the meeting were the National Human Rights Commissioners namely Dr. TaejingSiripanich, Mr. ParinyaSirisarakarn and Ms.VisaBenjamano and the Acting Secretary General of the NHRCT, Mr. WeerawitWeeraworawit.

The objective of this visit was to exchange views on human rights promotion and protection as well as the future cooperation between the two National Human Rights Institutions both at bilateral and regional level.

During the meeting, both sides discussed the role and responsibilities of the MNHRC especially the complaints handling. In addition, the Chaiperson of the MNHRC also informed the Thai side of the Commission’s plan to hold a meeting with the Civil Society Organizations in Myanmar and to organize a training course for its officials.

The MNHRC was also scheduled to meet with the two Sub-Commissions namely the Sub-Commission on Civil and Political Rights and the Sub-Commission on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. During the meeting with the first one, Dr. NirunPitakwatcharaas Chairperson of the Sub-Commission raised the issue of migrant workers from Myanmar while Mr. Win Mra explained that the Myanmar government attached the importance to this issue by signing the Mekong, Chao Phraya and Salween Memorandum of Understanding. The MNHRC Chairperson also expressed his interest in the working process of the secretariat of the Sub-Commission during a discussion with the Sub-Commission on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights because at the moment the MNHRC was still lacking the supporting staff.

During an interview with the local and foreign press after the meeting, the MNHRC team told the reporters about the role and responsibilities of the MNHRC in promoting and protecting human rights in Myanmar and in particular its involvement in the national peace and reconciliation process in Myanmar. The purpose of this visit was to exchange views and best practices with the National Human Rights Institutions in the neighboring countries. The team previously visited the Philippines before proceeding to Thailand and the next itineraries would be Malaysia and Indonesia. Finally, the MNHRC Chairperson said that he would like to see further cooperation between National Human Rights Commissions in ASEAN countries.

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