Patcharin Jongjai 2021/03/05 , ( 895 views)
On March 5, 2021, the Faculty of Political Science in cooperation with the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, founded the “Regional Center for Human Rights Study and Coordination”. The opening ceremony was organized at the Faculty of Political Science, and Ms Prakairat Tonteerawong of the National Human Rights Commission, presided. Assistant Professor Dr. Chutinun Prasitpuriprecha, representing the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, and the UBU president, gave welcome speeches. In the audience were the National Human Rights Commissions of Thailand, H.E. Ms. Sarah Taylor, the Ambassador of Canada to Thailand, H.E. Mrs. Helene Budliger Artieda, the Ambassador of Switzerland, Ms. Cynthia Veliko, the representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights for Southeast Asia, Mr. Renaud Meyer, representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Thailand, Mr. Phill Robertson, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Watch in Asia Region, Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand and the UBU executive board, all of whom honorably participated in the ceremony. Dr. Titipol Phakdeewanich, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Director of the Regional Center for Human Rights Study and Coordination also spoke, and along with Miss Waritsara Kamdee, third year Political Science student, they expressed support for protecting womens’ rights in the local community. The purpose of the foundation of the Regional Center for Human Rights Study and Coordination is to foster cooperation in a systematic way and serve as a model for the support and protection of human rights in all sectors of society. This is a collaboration between the National Human Rights Commission and UBU for the support and protection of human rights of people in the northeast (Isan) specifically.
Ms Prakairat Tonteerawong, speaking on behalf of the National Human Rights Commission, thanked UBU for the foundation of the Regional Center for Human Rights Study and Coordination, only the second center in the northeast and the eleventh in Thailand. There are plans to found one more center for three southern border provinces at Yala Rajabhat University, serving as a twelfth such center in the country. Previously, this work was accomplished through center commissions consisting of university lecturers, representatives of the government and private sector, living in university environs. Prior work was comprehensive, serving as a guide book driving basic education in human rights through the cooperation of officers of the Ministry of Education. A speaker training project titled, “Youth Standing up for Human Rights: Human Rights Education in the Classroom,” facilitated human rights education in each region in which a center was located. Each center had provided an annual working plan providing appropriate support for the people in each area. These activities played a key role as effective methods for fostering a culture of and respect for human rights in society, a realization of the rights and duties leading people to the “Peaceful Society”: smiling, loving, cooperative and sustainable development for Thailand.
English version by: Kanjana Manomai
Original (Thai) version by: Tippawan Weruwanathorn
English revised by: James K. Powell II
Photos by: Tippawan Weruwanathorn
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