for Cambodian Working Group, Thai Working Group
Two national working groups of the region-wide Working
Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism have new chairpersons.
Dr. Kek Galabru and Dr. Sriprapha share a light moment
during a Working Group meeting.
Taking over as chairperson of the Thai Working Group
for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism (Thai Working Group)
will be Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree.
A driving force behind the Thai Working Group since its
inception in 1997, Dr. Sriprapha is also the director
of the Office
of Human Rights Studies and Social Development of Mahidol
University and a member of the Subcommittees on Human
Rights Situation Assessment, Child Rights, and Administration
of Justice and Legislation of the Thai
National Human Rights Commission. She is also the
current Chair of the Human Rights Education Working Group
of the Thai Ministry of Education.
The Cambodian Working Group has also named Dr.
Kek Galabru as its new chairperson. Dr. Kek has
a background in medicine, but is best known for her human
rights work. In 1987, she played a key role in facilitating
the first negotiations between King Sihanouk and Prime
Minister Hun Sen. This led to the signing of the Paris
Peace Accords in 1991, which mandated a United Nations
mission to Cambodia to supervise elections and resolve
the long-standing conflict. Dr. Kek is currently the president
of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense
of Human Right (popularly known by its French acronym,
LICADHO), an organization which she founded.
Both women take the leadership roles of their respective
National Working Groups at a pivotal time. Under Dr. Sriprapha’s
leadership, the Thai Working Group is producing a research
paper that will hopefully be used by ASEAN in setting
up a commission on the promotion and protection of the
rights of women and children. The Cambodian Working Group,
with Dr. Kek at the helm, will support the drafting of
a law which will enable the creation of a national human
rights commission in Cambodia.
“We warmly congratulate Sriprapha and Kek on their
new positions. The Thai and Cambodian Working Groups are
dynamic and active, thanks to their efforts. We can only
expect bigger things now that they are both leading their
respective National Working Groups,” said Mr. Marzuki
Darusman, co-chair of the Working Group for an ASEAN Human