Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Joint letter: Condemn Human Rights Abuses by the Thai Military Junta




WE CONDEMN HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY
THE THAI MILITARY JUNTA


Thailand Human Rights Campaign, Stiftung Asienhaus (Germany) and Thai
Pro-Democracy Group are concerned about Thailand’s human rights crisis
under the military junta led by Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. We are appalled that
the British government has invited this dictator to meet the British Prime Minister
on June 20.

The Thai military junta has banned political activity and public gatherings, made
peaceful expression subject to criminal prosecution, censored the mainstream
media and online social media, conducted hundreds of arbitrary arrests and
detained civilians in military detention camps. Hundreds of civilians continue to
face lengthy and unfair trials before military courts. In addition to this, the junta
has increased the use of the draconian lèse-majesté law against anyone accused
of criticising the monarchy. Since the 2014 military coup, nearly 70 people have
been charged under this law for posting or sharing
comments online. Trials in lèse-majesté cases are held behind closed doors.

Dozens of human rights defenders, more than 100 pro-democracy activists and
others, are currently being investigated and prosecuted under authoritarian laws
and decrees.

There has been no justice for past human rights violations, such as the 2010
dispersal of street protests. More than 90 people were killed and nearly 1,900
were wounded in the military crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy rallies.
During this military crackdown, Gen. Prayuth was army chief.  Abuses by soldiers
took place in full view of the Thai public and the World’s media. Not one soldier
or official has been held accountable for the 2010 state violence.

We are further concerned about UK weapons exports to Thailand and disappointed
that the British government fails to put human rights and democracy first and ban
the selling of arms to undemocratic and repressive regimes.

Thailand Human Rights Campaign UK
Stiftung Asienhaus (Germany)
Thai Pro-Democracy Group in UK
20th June 2018

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