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Thai govt must protect right to peaceful protest, says global watchdog

By The Nation

 

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Thai authorities are using the police force to suppress peaceful demonstrators in “what appears to be a new crackdown on freedom of expression”, said Amnesty International today (August 7).

 

 

Responding to the arrest of two prominent activists today and further arrest warrants against other protesters ahead of planned anti-government protests over the weekend, Piyanut Kotsan, Amnesty International Thailand’s director, said:

“This is yet another entirely disproportionate response from the Thai police to peaceful activism, clearly intended to intimidate and dissuade protesters from taking to the streets this weekend.

 

“Having endured months of harassment, Anon Nampa and Phanuphong Jadnok now face a repressive new set of criminal charges simply for exercising their right to protest.”

 

The rights watchdog called on the Thai government to ensure the protection, safety and security from reprisals of any individuals whose names have been linked to ongoing demonstrations over the past week.

 

Police arrested lawyer Anon Nampa in front of his residence in Thailand’s capital Bangkok, and student activist Phanuphong “Mike” Jadnok at Ramkhamhaeng University. The two are currently being held at Bangkok Criminal Court.

Another student activist Parit Chiwarak, member of the Student Union of Thailand, also has an arrest warrant against him.

 

Anon and Phanuphong face up to seven years in prison. Charges against them include sedition, assembly intended to do act of violence, and violation of the emergency decree.

 

Reports indicate that five other demonstrators have pending warrants with the same charges.

Amnesty said that since emergency law was imposed on March 26, officials have continuously detained and initiated criminal complaints against individuals engaged in peaceful protests and activities. Demonstrators have also reported numerous incidents of harassment and intimidation by police officers solely for their involvement in peaceful protests, including ongoing student-led peaceful demonstrations calling for a new constitution, resignation of the government, and an end to police harassment of the opposition.

 

Amnesty International called on the Thai government to guarantee that its law enforcement arm avoids the use of force as far as possible and adhere to non-violent means.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30392631

 

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1 hour ago, bodga said:

Disgusting  lowlife scum gov

You forgot bulls..t.

 

Disgustinh lowlife scum bulls..t govt.

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3 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Thai authorities are using the police force to suppress peaceful demonstrators in “what appears to be a new crackdown on freedom of expression”, said Amnesty International today (August 7).

Mean while in Oz the Victorian police force are being used to suppress people's right to association in what "appears to be a new crackdown on freedom of expression",said me today (August 8).Looks rather similar to what's happening here in Thailand.

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9 minutes ago, Wongkitlo said:

They are trying to make people wear masks and  stay at home. If you try to walk into any shopping centre in Thailand without a mask you will be stopped. If you insist on entering you will be arrested . They have stopped the curfew in Thailand but during it thousands of people were arrested. Comparing an anti-virus restrictions movement in Victoria to a pro-democracy movement is wrong and an insult to all those in jail in Thailand for trying to stand up for democracy.

Both countries are restricting the right to assemble and associate.Both countries are using emergency powers and both countries are using the police to enforce these restrictions.In Oz this has never happened to try and stop a virus without any way of knowing if it will work or just prolong the pain and suffering.The Thai government are using the emergency decree to stop the virus and these activists are contravening these laws according to the officials as stated in other news reports.There have been several arrests in Oz of people who are peacefully protesting against what are seen as infringements of their rights there is even a vid of a police officer kneeling in the neck of a woman they are arresting.

Contrary to your belief that I'm insulting those imprisoned in Thailand for standing up for democracy I'm not but in fact I'm trying to draw a comparison between the two.

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Even reporting on student dissent and recent arrests seems to be not allowed, only seen coverage on facebook.

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15 minutes ago, trainman34014 said:

The Gangsters running this country don't care what the outside World thinks; they will use every weapon at their disposal to stay in power, that's why they buy so much Military Hardware, the only serious threat they are under is from their own people but the day will come when the whole country will turn on them, including factions of their own Military, then the day of judgment will come !

Don't many countries use their military to help enforce peace and order in times of unrest as seen recently in the US and Australia?I do agree it's wrong to do so by the way.

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3 minutes ago, Surelynot said:

Bangkok Post are not allowing comments!!!!

Other places as well!

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