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.
Contact for Detail:
Ms. Chalida Tajaroensuk