6 June 2024

Thailand’s Senate has overwhelmingly rejected the nomination of a representative of Thailand’s ethnic minorities as a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Wiwat Tamee, the director of a foundation for the development of ethnic minority groups, was nominated by the selection committee, from pool of 20 candidates who were interviewed by the committee on June 25th about their views and visions related to human rights issues in Thailand.

Two-thirds of the committee members voted for Wiwat. He failed, however, to receive Senate approval today (Monday).

Supachai Somcharoen, the second deputy speaker of the Senate, said that 153 senators voted against Vivat’s nomination, with 36 voting in favour and 30 abstentions.

In order to be approved by the Senate, Supachai said a nominee must receive at least 124 votes in favour.