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Panel Discussion “Rebuilding Lives”
June 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thailand became a state party to the UN Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) in 2007 and submitted its first report of the implementation under CAT in 2011. One year later, it also signed the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED) in 2012, yet to be ratified. In 2014, a bill was drafted on the prohibition and prevention of torture and enforced disappearance bill, which is now waiting for review and final approval.
Civil society has taken an active role to encourage compliance with these commitments to end CAT, make perpetrators accountable, and rehabilitate victims by raising public awareness and advocating for change. As the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture held annually on 26 June approaches, the Cross-Cultural Foundation CrCF –one of the organizations at the forefront of these efforts— in collaboration with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) plans to hold a panel discussion at SEA Junction on 18 June at 6PM. The panel, entitled “Rebuilding Lives” –in reference to the 2006 commemorative report of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture– will discuss the current situation in the country and what can be done to improve it and support the victims and their families’ healing process. The composition of the panel is as follows:
Pornpern Khongkachonkiet, Director CrCF
- Yostorn Triyos, photographer and founder of REALFRAME
- Sanhwan Srisod, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
- Barbara Bernath, Secretary General, Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)
Please note that the event will be bi-lingual in English and Thai and interpretation services will be provided.
At the time of the panel, Yostorn Triyos will also be exhibiting at BACC’s corner space first floor) his outsider’s portray of Thai deep south’s “gray zones”, images of normality in the shadow of conflict (see http://seajunction.org/event/photo-exhibitions-gray-zones/).
The event is free, but donations are most welcome to enable SEA Junction to continue its activities and keep events accessible to the public.
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The Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF)
CrCF was founded in 2002 to work on justice and the protection, promotion, and monitoring of human rights in Thailand. Particular emphasis is placed on marginalized people including ethnic minority groups, stateless people, migrant workers and the victims of conflict. For more information see https://voicefromthais.wordpress.com.
The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)
APT is an international non-governmental organization focused on the prevention of torture and other acts of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The organization was founded in 1977 by novelist Jean-Jacques Gautier and believes that prevention of torture is best achieved through three integrated elements: effective monitoring; legal and policy frameworks; and ensuring determination and capability on the part of international and national actors.
SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia
SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/