Thailand congratulates positive development in human rights issue in Myanmar


BANGKOK, 15 February 2012  – Thailand has congratulated Myanmar on its progress in solving its human rights problems. 

Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, said on Tuesday that Thailand has been delighted with the many positive developments in Myanmar and now wishes to offer support to one of its closest neighbors.

Thailand’s stance was made known to Myanmar during an official visit by National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) Chairman U Win Mra and commission member Nyunt Swe, scheduled from February 12th to 15th.

Both have been invited to Thailand as official guests of the Foreign Ministry to exchange ideas on the political development in Myanmar and the roles of the MNHRC.

Mr. Sihasak believes that the MNHRC chairman’s and member’s visit will be beneficial for the improvement of human rights in Myanmar.

Both countries have also discussed a reported plan to close down the refugee camps in Thailand and the career training for Myanmarese refugees, in order to allow them to return home and start a career without having to leave their home town and illegally enter Thailand in search of employment again.