BANGKOK – Thailand is preparing to set up a special mechanism to implement various activities and projects in accordance with the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure.
The mechanism, to be established by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, will comprise representatives from all relevant sectors of society. It will underline the country’s commitment to supporting the development of children throughout the country, as well as the protection of their rights, in order to enable them to grow and become vital agents of development in the country.
Thailand on 25 September 2012 signed and deposited an instrument of ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure. The signing came after the Cabinet on 18 September 2012 had approved Thailand’s becoming a Party to the Optional Protocol as proposed by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. With the signing of the instrument, Thailand is the first country to become Party to the Optional Protocol.
The Optional Protocol is a supplementary agreement to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Thailand has been a Party since 1992. It offers an opportunity for children all over the world or their representatives to submit communications to the Committee on the Rights of the Child on the violation of any of the rights set forth in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the involvement of children in armed conflict, both of which Thailand became a Party to in 2006.
If it is found that a violation has occurred, the Committee will transmit recommendations to the concerned State Party to remedy the situation. Thailand was one of the countries advocating for the drafting of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on a communications procedure since its inception.
As National Children’s Day 2013 approaches, many public and private organizations are preparing various activities for children. Thailand’s National Children’s Day is scheduled for the second Saturday of January each year. National Children’s Day 2013 falls on 12 January. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has presented her motto for Children’s Day 2013 as “Be Disciplined, Enhance Knowledge, and Bring Thailand toward ASEAN.”
The National Children’s Day celebration was held for the first time in Thailand on the first Monday of October 1955, and later, it was changed to the second Saturday of January. The organizing of Children’s Day is aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of children and youth, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Public Relations Department (PRD) and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives will jointly hold activities to celebrate National Children’s Day 2013, at Radio Thailand and the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in Bangkok, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.