Ancillary Meeting 140

UN-Congress 2021 in Kyoto, Japan

Health Care in Prison: Management during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Organization Name: Ministry of Justice of Thailand


Affiliation: Government

Subjects the session will cover:
Corrections,Prisoners International, Standards and Norms/Treaties and Conventions



Mr. Assanee Sangkhanate

Mr. Assanee Sangkhanate, Inspector of the Department of Corrections of Thailand, has an outstanding career as a practitioner in the field of criminal justice. serving as the Director of Internal Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary for Justice, he strives to excel Ministry of Justice’s cooperation in the global stage by utilizing his former acclaimed professional posts which include Head of the Justice Research and Development Section of the Office of Justice Affairs and Penologist of the Department of Corrections. In addition to his recognition as an accomplished practitioner, Mr. Sangkhanate also had a notable career as a part-time scholar in criminal justice administration, criminology and prison study. Mr. Sangkhanate graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1st Class Honor) from Thammasat University, Thailand and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, USA. He also attained Doctor of Philosophy degree in Criminology from the University of Edinburgh, the United Kingdom.

Dr. Weerakit Harnpariphan

Dr. Weerakit Harnpariphan is the Deputy Director-General of Thai Department of Corrections from 2019 to present. Previously, he served as the Director of Medical Correctional Institution (2014 – 2019). As AIDS expert of Thailand, he attended many forum on this areas i.e. the International AIDS Conference. He graduated from Chiang Mai University, Thailand, as Doctor of Medicine.

Ms. Karen Peters

Ms. Karen Peters, Regional Drugs and Health Programme Officer of the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Her work focuses on providing technical assistance on drug use prevention, drug dependence treatment and HIV prevention for people who use drugs and people in prison. She has worked in the public health field for over 10 years. She has experience in HIV prevention through working with non-governmental organisations in South Africa as well as internationally in the civil society sector focused on the promotion of human rights. She holds an Master in Development and Governance with focus on Policy Analysis and an undergraduate degree in Media and Communication with a focus on public health communication for social change.

Mr. Dai Tanaka

Mr. Dai TANAKA, Associate Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Prison Reform) at Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok, Thailand), United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He is seconded from the Ministry of Justice of Japan. On the professional field, he served the Japan’s Government for various correctional positions; in 2015-2019 as Specialist, Prison Service Division, Correction Bureau, MOJ; in 2013 as Senior Chief Supervisor, Reintegration Section, Classification Division, Tokyo Detention Center, MOJ; in 2011-2013 as Chief, Legal Section, General Affairs Division, Correction Bureau, MOJ; in 2009-2011. as Official, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan (MOFA); in 2008-2009 as Official, Finance Division, Minister’s Secretariat, MOJ; in 2006-2008 as Chief Correctional Officer, Fuchu Prison (Tokyo), MOJ; in 2005-2006 as Official, Prison Service Division, Correction Bureau, MOJ. On the educational side, he hold a master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University (Illinois, USA) and a bachelor’s degree in Laws from Chuo University (Tokyo, Japan).

Ms. Jennifer Wheatley

Jennifer Wheatley was appointed to the position of the Assistant Commissioner, Health Services in September 2016. Prior to her appointment she held the position of Deputy Commissioner for Women since 2014. In 2000, Jennifer joined the Correctional Service of Canada. Since that time, she has held a variety of executive level positions in areas such as policy development, strategic planning and health care administration. Jennifer began her career in the Canadian federal public service in 1999 as an investigator for the Canadian Human Rights Commission.Prior to joining the federal public service, Jennifer was in the Canadian Forces where she held a variety of positions. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jennifer now resides in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband and two children. She is a graduate of McMaster University and Royal Military College of Canada.

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