Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn (Thailand), UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Professor of Law at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Mr Muntarbhorn was co-chair of the experts’ meeting developing The Yogyakarta Principles. The Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity was released in 2007 and are a set of groundbreaking international legal principles on sexual orientation, gender identity, and international law, to ensure the universal reach of human rights protections. They were developed in response to well-documented patterns of abuse targeted toward persons because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn has earned great recognition for his expertise in human rights, and in 2004 he was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education.