Harm Reduction International, in partnership with a collection of public health and human rights NGOs, authored a submission on Thailand to the UN Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review.
The submission – which was written with the Asian Harm Reduction Network, the Open Society Institute, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group – focuses on the death penalty for drug offences; compulsory drug treatment; the high number of women in prison for drug-related offences as well as the lack of harm reduction services and the right to health.
The Universal Periodic Review is a peer-review process, under the auspices of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in which countries review one another’s human rights records. Every country gets reviewed once every four years. Civil society is invited to provide submissions of information which are considered during the review. Thailand's review will take place in October 2011.