The Thailand Criminal Code No.29 B.E. 2565 (2022) amendment aims to be in line with the General Comment No. 10 (2007) Children’s rights in juvenile justice of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – CRC), Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

May 7th, 2022, the Thailand Royal Gazette published the Amendment Act (No. 29) B.E. 2565 (2022) to the Criminal code of Thailand, which came into force on the day after the date of its publication.

The amendment repeals the Section 73 and 74 of the Criminal Code No.21 B.E. 2551 (2008), and raises up the age of criminal liability as follows;

Section 73 A child not yet over 12 years of age shall not be punished for committing what is provided by the law to be an offense (Raise up the age from 7 to 12).

Section 74 Whenever a child over 12 years but not yet over 15 years of age commits what is provided by the law to be an offense, shall not be punished, but shall be applied to special measures to ensure their rights are adequately protected (Raise up the age from 7 to 14).

In conclusion, when a child commits a criminal offense, a child not yet over 12 years of age shall not be punished, and a child over 12 years but not yet over 15 years of age but shall be applied to special measures.