CDC Chairman Meechai Ruchuphan said that, if the National Human Rights Commission ever finds any part of the draft law in contradiction with the intent of the new Constitution, it can submit its objection to the NLA President within 10 days after the legislature has approved it.
The legislature voted on Thursday to pass the third reading of the draft law, which would accordingly be passed on to the NHRC and the CDC for further consideration.
Mr. Meechai added that the draft law’s provision, which suggests that the current team of commissioners should leave office once the law comes into effect, may make some feel that their rights have been infringed upon.
However, he stated that having a position in any independent office or state office is the duty, and not the right, of each such person and should anyone have to leave their position because of the law, there should not be any dispute.
The CDC Chairman is confident that by resetting the NHRC, Thailand will have a better chance to see an improvement in its ranking by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.