Statement of Thai Civil Society at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN People’s Forum 2012, Phnom Penh

The Interface meeting is an opportunity for Civil Society to meet with ASEAN  government  heads of state in order to discuss the outputs derived from the ACSC/ APC.

In the past, the selection process for Thailand ‘s Civil Society representative  has been deeply problematic as the Government of Thailand has insisted upon nominating their own representative. This  led Thai civil society  to boycott the interface meetings in previous years.

This year the Ministry of Social Welfare gave their assurances  that they would not interfere in the selection process. However, the Government of Thailand  has yet again failed  to keep its promise.

The Thai representative for the interface meeting  at the 2012 ASEAN leaders’ summit has been appointed by the Government of Thailand. The Government of Thailand has, therefore, undermined civil society process and displayed its complete disregards  for meaningful engagement.

The  civil society  participants at the ACSC/APF 2012 would like to declare that the Thai attendee for the interface meeting between ASEAN government heads of state and civil society  organizations  at the upcoming ASEAN leaders’ summit does not represent  Thai civil society.

As such, Thai civil society has boycott the interface  meeting to be held at this year’s ASEAN leaders’ summit in  Phnom  Penh.

We condemn this undemocratic process and we demand that the Government of Thailand stop such interfering practices in future.

Ends

Contact for Detail:

Ms. Chalida Tajaroensuk

Email: chalida.empowerment@gmail.com

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