Today, the ICJ co-hosted an event in Bangkok, Thailand, named “Torture Bill, Still No Justice” to commemorate International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
The event began with a keynote address by Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn, Special Rapporteur on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and former ICJ Commissioner.
Following a screening of the film “The Railway Man”, the ICJ moderated a panel discussion which included victims of torture.
The event focused on the decision in February this year of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to further delay the passage of essential legislation criminalizing torture and enforced disappearance.
Thailand is a State party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), and has signed, but not yet ratified, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED).
The other organizers of the event were the Southeast Asia Regional Office of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International Thailand, the Cross-Cultural Foundation (CrCF), the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok.
A comic in English and Thai named “Torture is a Crime” was produced especially for the event by Shazeera Zawawi of APT.
Kingsley Abbott, ICJ Senior International Legal Adviser for Southeast Asia, t: +66 94 470 1345 ; e: kingsley.abbott(a)icj.org
Thailand-Comic-Torture is A Crime-Advocacy-2017-ENG (English version of the comic, PDF)
Thai version here