Thailand: ICJ co-hosts discussion on National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

On 22 August, the ICJ co-organized a preparatory discussion in Bangkok for civil society organizations on Thailand’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP).

This event was organized one day in preparation for a formal NGO consultation event on the NAP held today.

The formal NGO consultation event was organized by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) to consider the draft NAP released by Thailand’s Ministry of Justice’s Rights and Liberties Protection Department (RLPD) in August 2018.

The ICJ hosted the preparatory discussion jointly with Community Resource Centre Foundation (CRC), Amnesty International Thailand (AI Thailand), Protection International (PI), Fortify Rights and the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Thirty members of civil society organizations from all across Thailand attended the preparatory discussion.

Of these participants, four persons from the North of Thailand were supported by the ICJ to attend the discussion, including Ms. Arisara Lekkam, Lecturer of Law at Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai, who was also a speaker at the event.

The event began with a presentation about the NAP and business and human rights issues in Thailand, during which Arisara Lekkam provided an overview of the business and human rights situation in Thailand.

Following the presentation, participants divided into groups to discuss four prioritized areas covered by the NAP: Labour, Land and Natural Resources, Human Rights Defenders and Cross-Border Investment.

At the end of the discussion, each group presented a set of recommendations on the draft NAP pertaining to each prioritized area. These recommendations will be provided to the Ministry of Justice’s RLPD.

This is the third event the ICJ has held on business and human rights in collaboration with partners from the North of Thailand.

On 22 November 2017, the ICJ, in collaboration with Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Law, held a roundtable discussion on human rights litigation concerning special economic zones in Myanmar and Thailand.

Between 29 and 31 July 2017, the ICJ, in collaboration with Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Law, held a workshop on ‘Introduction to Business and Human Rights & Basic Principles on Documenting Human Rights Violations” for 25 academics, NGO representatives and lawyers in Chiang Mai.


During the second Universal Periodic Review of Thailand in May 2016, the Royal Thai Government accepted a recommendation to develop, enact and implement a national action plan on business and human rights in order to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

In August 2018, Thailand’s Ministry of Justice’s RLPD, which is currently leading the development of the NAP, released a revised ‘zero draft’ of the NAP.

In line with the release of the revised ‘zero draft’, the NHRCT led the organization of a formal NGO consultation event on 23 August 2018, jointly with Thailand’s Ministry of Justice, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and OHCHR.

The Royal Thai Government reportedly plans to launch the NAP in September 2018.

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