Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Thailand: Thai gov't urged to stop enforcing security laws in south

Xinhua reports -the Thai government should stop enforcing tough security laws in the Muslim-dominated southern- most provinces of the country in ending human rights violation there, a top independent human rights body said on Tuesday.

"The government should consider repealing the enforcement of special laws in the southern border provinces, which has been a factor leading to the violation of human rights in the areas," Professor Amara Pongsapitch, chairperson of the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), told a seminar.

"After the repealing, normal law should be enforced to bring about real justice and people's confidence in the areas," Amara said in a report on human rights situation in Thailand.

The report is part of a process known as "Universal Periodic Review" (UPR), created in conjunction with the setting up of the United Nations' Human Rights Council in 2006.