took some positive steps to improve its overall voting record on country
situations in the Council, in particular by supporting the Council's action on
Syria. However, Thailand’s decision not to support Council action on other
situations gave it an overall mixed record.
Thailand supported all the Council’s resolutions focusing on Syria, but it voted against the resolutions on accountability in Sri Lanka and abstained on the Iran and Belarus resolutions. Thailand also voted against amendments that aimed at improving the Libya resolution in March 2012. Thailand did not sign any of the key joint statements delivered at the Council on country situations.
Thailand voted in favor of all the Council’s resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.
In 2012 and 2013 Thailand co-sponsored a total of 21 country-specific resolutions under agenda items 1, 4 and 10. Thailand also intervened frequently in the country-specific debates of the Council.
Thailand championed the Council's action on
technical cooperation, by tabling several resolutions focusing on how the
Council should use technical cooperation to advance human rights. Thailand's
appeal for the Council to do more to promote cooperation and assistance for
countries trying to improve their human rights record is welcome. Thailand should,
however, work to develop and incorporate criteria in such initiatives that would
allow the Council to distinguish between states that want to use cooperation as
a means of avoiding scrutiny and those that are genuinely committed to
improving their human rights record through such tools.