Mark Pritchard MP visits Thailand

01 August 2015

Mark Pritchard MP visits Thailand

Thailand is currently governed by a military junta  - The National Council for Peace and Order, although elections are scheduled for 2017. There have been no executions in Thailand since 2009. However, the list of offences attracting the death penalty has recently been extended by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

Mark Pritchard MP visited Thailand in August 2015. He met with UK diplomats, representatives of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), The Director of Bang Kwang prison where executions have been carried out, International ngos and agencies, Thai human rights groups and other ngos, The Director General of the Thai Department of Corrections, The Director General (Europe) and other officials at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Cardinal Xavier, the Advisor to the Prime Minister and the former Deputy Prime Minister.

Mark was able to raise with the NLA the recent extension of the penal code to include more offences that attract the death penalty, adherence to the Paris Principles relating to the work of national institutions to ensure compliance with international treaties on human rights, and to press that the current de facto moratorium be turned into abolition in law.