CDC Vice Chairman claims new charter emphasizes the people’s rights, freedoms

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BANGKOK, 26 June 2015  – A Vice Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has said that the latest draft charter emphasizes citizenship and democracy, while doing more than any previous Thai constitution to safeguard the rights of the people.

Dr. Chuchai Supawong, Sixth Vice Chairperson of the CDC, said that the second draft charter provides a sense of Thai citizenship and promotes a democratic culture. He explained that previous constitutions placed more emphasis on democracy at the national level, at the expense of citizen rights and the democratization of local administrations.

The government must therefore instill among the people a belief in the democratic process and the governance of a constitutional monarchy.

The CDC promises to provide a constitutional basis for the rights of Thai citizens and those residing in Thailand, more so than any previous constitution drafted by the Kingdom of Thailand. The language of the constitution is geared towards defending the rights of Thai citizens in a court of law.