ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Law expert named as new AICHR delegate
International law expert Seri Nonthasoot has been selected as the new Thai representative to the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) for the next three years.
The Thai Foreign Ministry's selection committee, chaired by permanent secretary Sihasak Phuangketkeow, decided yesterday to nominate Mr Seri as the AICHR member from Thailand, citing his solid background in human rights law, diplomatic sources said.
Boonthan Weerawongse, a veteran human rights defender, came second.
Mr Seri's selection will be submitted to Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul for endorsement.
Mr Seri was first introduced to the ministry and to some civil society groups when he was brought in by the former Thai AICHR representative, Sriprapha Petcharamesree, to help draft the Asean Human Rights Declaration (AHRD).
The AICHR, which promotes and protects human rights in the region but has been criticised for lacking teeth, will face increasing challenges for the next three years as Asean converges into one community and cross-border human rights issues are likely to become more prevalent. Reports of human rights abuses have recently emerged in Myanmar and in Laos.
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