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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Thailand (CCPR 25-04-2017)
The Committee considered the second periodic report of Thailand (CCPR/C/THA/2) at its 3349th and 3350th meetings (see CCPR/C/SR.3349 and 3350), held on 13 and 14 March 2017. At its 3364th meeting, held on 23 March 2017, it adopted the present concluding observations.
C. Principal matters of concern and recommendations
- While welcoming the Gender Equality Act (2015) and the State party’s efforts to prevent and address discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation, the Committee notes with concern that section 17 of such Act allows for exceptions to gender discrimination on grounds of religion and national security. It is also concerned about reports of discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, indigenous and stateless people, and about reports of travel restrictions on migrants who have regularized their status (arts. 2-3, 12 and 26).
- The State party should ensure full protection against discrimination and in particular, consider amending the Gender Equality Act (2015) to eliminate any limitation on the protection against gender-based discrimination. The State party should intensify measures to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, indigenous and stateless people and migrants do not suffer from discrimination and violence.