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Vitit Muntarbhorn

Professor of law at Chulalongkorn University

Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn teaches at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.  He has helped the UN in a variety of  positions and is currently a member of a UN Human Rights Commission of  Inquiry.  This article is derived from his speech at the recent Conference on Asean Traversing 2015:  Challenges of  Development, Democratisation, Human Rights and Peace, organised by Mahidol University, Bangkok.

Vitit Muntarbhorn
7 Jan 2020

Protecting migrants, refugees in our age of conflict

There are about 270 million international migrants today who cross borders in search of new vistas. Many such as "expatriates" do well. However, many, particularly those who are pushed out of their homes, are caught in a trap of dislocation, dispossession and coercion, often due to armed conflicts, discrimination and violence. The number of forced migrants now stands at about 70 million people globally -- some 30 million who cross borders as "refugees" and some 40 million forced to move in their country of origin as "internally displaced persons".

7 Jan 2020
12 Dec 2019

Challenges to human rights in Asia

Cooperation between Europe and Asia offers much-needed opportunities to strengthen human rights education.

12 Dec 2019 9
Challenges to human rights in Asia
8 Nov 2019

Law, legitimacy and human rights in cyberspace

Challenges facing human rights in our brave new cyberworld invite reflection on how the law can be of assistance. Yet, the law also needs to respond to social values of what is acceptable and legitimate -- especially from the angle of democracy, sustainable development and aspirations of peace.

8 Nov 2019
Law, legitimacy and human rights in cyberspace
6 Jun 2019

Asean watchdog needs substantive protection role

The Asean Intergovernmental Commission On Human Rights (AICHR) is 10 years old this year. How has it fared so far? In its work, it is the promotion-oriented aspect rather than the protection-based dimension which has prevailed to date and, with that ambivalence, the performance of AICHR leaves much to be desired.

6 Jun 2019 3
Asean watchdog needs substantive protection role
29 Jan 2019

Immigrant children

Thai adoption of an MoU against detaining children of migrants and refugees is only an initial step, and needs to be enhanced by other international standards.

29 Jan 2019
Immigrant children
19 Nov 2018

The trafficking fight

One of the positive developments of recent years has been the government's commitment to eradicate human trafficking.

19 Nov 2018 4
The trafficking fight
8 Oct 2018

The Asian riddle

Armed conflict and violence, including gender-based violence, wreak havoc in parts of Asia, while the Syrian war is catastrophic for millions.

8 Oct 2018
The Asian riddle
3 Sep 2018

Myanmar's accountability

Asean countries might consider individually extending their jurisdiction to cover international crimes such as genocide within the region.

3 Sep 2018 6
Myanmar's accountability
25 Aug 2018

Universal child rights an absolute must

One of the most distressing issues today is the predicament of children who end up detained in immigration centres, which often leads to psychological harm. Regrettably, immigration laws in many countries are interpreted as criminal law which gives rise to the detention of those who fail to abide by them, whereas preferably, such laws should be an administrative framework for border management without criminal sanctions.

25 Aug 2018 1
Universal child rights an absolute must
13 Aug 2018

Human rights in flux

The downgrade of the National Human Rights Commission and the loss of power to take cases to court are still in flux - and things may yet get better.

13 Aug 2018 2
Human rights in flux