Junta to Merge National Human Rights and Ombudsman Offices

Anti-coup activists criticize National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at an award ceremony on 12 Dec 2014.

(Prachatai English)

BANGKOK – The junta’s constiutional drafters revealed a controversial plan to combine the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) with the Office of the Ombudsman, while the NHRC opposed the plan.

Bawornsak Uwanno, head of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), announced on Friday that the CDC has agreed on a plan to merge the NHRC and the Office of the Ombudsman of Thailand (OOT) into one organization under the name of the Office of the Ombudsman and Human Rights Protection.

Bawornsak claimed that the two state agencies have similar functions. In order to increase the efficiency of the two to provide human rights protections and a one stop service for people to file complaints, the two should be merged under the Office of the Ombudsman and Human Rights Protection bill.

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