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Mr Vitit Muntarbhorn, former Special Rapporteur (1991-1994)

Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children

Vitit Muntarbhorn (Thailand) was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography from 1991 to 1994.

He is an international law Professor and was educated in the United Kingdom, obtaining his law degree from Oxford University. He also holds a degree on European law from the Free University of Brussels. He is currently Professor of law at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, teaching international law, human rights, migration and refugee law, child rights, and international humanitarian law. He was awarded the UNESCO Human Rights Education Prize in 2004.

Prof. Muntarbhorn has served on many United Nations bodies and was formally the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Chair of the International Commission of Inquiry on the Ivory Coast in 2011 and, since September 2012, a Commissioner on the Independent International Commission of inquiry on Syria.

Prof. Muntarbhorn has performed a substantial amount of work with non-governmental organisations in the field of human rights as well as with the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Prof. Muntarbhorn is the author of many publications on human rights issues, including women, children and human development.