The Cabinet on Tuesday gave a green light to incorporating the “human rights issue” into the national agenda with a view to driving the government’s Thailand 4.0 initiative for sustainable development.
The idea had been floated by the Justice Ministry after years of criticism of the military-led government and its approach to human rights issues, which some have claimed ran counter to those working in the human rights field, said Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the government spokesman.
The time frame for the new agenda has been set for two years – 2018 till 2019 – and surrounds 10 points, he said.
Four of them concern the creation of what is necessary to improve the human rights situation: boosting consciousness of the need to respect rights; building a system to track violations; building up a culture of rights; and creating a network to oversee the situation.
Another three points concern improvement, the first being to improve the database for rights-violation cases, the second to revise laws to meet changes, and the third to improve the attitude of government officials in understanding human rights.
Two others concern driving the plans to reality, and finding an organisation or provincial groups to be role models.
Last but not least is reducing the number of violations.
The spokesman said that all government agencies should come up with working plans to go with these principles.
They would be assessed every year by the number of the humans trafficked, he added.