On 30 July, the USA chapter of Amnesty International (AI) wrote an open letter to Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, in advance of his trip to Thailand to attend the ASEAN ministerial meetings.
Today is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Sadly, torture remains rife in many countries. And more than sixty years after torture was outlawed internationally, gruesome torture equipment is still being openly marketed and traded around the world. At glitzy arms and security fairs, governments can browse stalls selling equipment whose sole purpose is to cause pain and fear. An export ban in the EU has made this trade more difficult in recent years, but there is still no international agreement to ban tools of torture.
The Thai authorities should investigate the Thai police’s role in Vietnam’s abduction of journalist Truong Duy Nhat, Amnesty International said today (21 June). Truong Duy Nhat
Following a recent investigation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Amnesty International has gathered new evidence that the Myanmar military is committing war crimes and other human rights violations. The military operation is ongoing, raising the prospect of additional crimes being committed.
Responding to news that the Office of the Attorney-General has made a second postponement on decisions whether to indict three Future Forward Party executives under the Computer Crimes Act for comments made during a June 2018 Facebook Live broadcast, Amnesty International’s Thailand campaigner Katherine Gerson said:
Responding to the decision by Myanmar’s Supreme Court to uphold the conviction and seven year prison sentence of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southeast Asia, said:
Reliable reports that independent journalist and former prisoner of conscience Truong Duy Nhat is being detained in Viet Nam raise major questions about his safety and the circumstances of his disappearance in Thailand in late January, Amnesty International said on 25 March.
At 13.00 on 7 March 2019 at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, the Chulalongkorn University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, the Mahidol University’s Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), and Amnesty International Thailand organized a roundtable on “Listening to political parties and their human rights policies”. Political parties have been invited to discuss their human rights policies and an opening address was delivered by Professor Emeritus Vitit Muntarbhorn, an expert in international law. The event was moderated by Nattha Komolvadhin, a TV host from TPBS.
Responding to news that the Constitutional Court has ruled on the request to dissolve the Thai Raksa Chart Party, Katherine Gerson, Amnesty International’s Thailand campaigner said: “This decision highlights the Thai authorities’ abuse of judicial powers to restrict the peaceful association and expression of the political opposition. This far-reaching measure raises strong concerns about the human rights to freedom of association and expression in the period leading to the elections.
Today, the ICJ and Amnesty International submitted recommendations to the Ministry of Justice that changes be made to a new law under consideration by the Cabinet, in order to bring it in line with Thailand’s international legal obligations. The submission came in response to a request by the Ministry for feedback on the Draft Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearances Act (‘Draft Act’).