23 May 2015
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 22 May 2015 The arbitrary arrests of students and anti-coup activists in at least three separate incidents today in Thailand’s capital Bangkok and the north-eastern city of Khon Kaen come as a stark reminder of the ongoing intolerance of peaceful dissent a year into military rule, Amnesty International said today. “A full year since the Thai military declared martial law and took power, we are seeing how peaceful dissent is still being steamrolled in the stre
14 May 2015
13 May 2015 -- Southeast Asian governments must step up urgent search and rescue efforts to ensure that thousands of people stranded in boats are not left in dire circumstances and at risk of death, Amnesty International said, as another boat carrying hundreds of people thought to be migrants and asylum seekers in desperate conditions is currently awaiting rescue off the Thai coast.
23 Mar 2015
Amnesty International has called on its members around the world to send letters to the Thai authorities to voice concerns over the alleged torture of suspects in the Bangkok court bombing case. The London-based organization called for the letters to be sent to the Thai Army Chief and the Thai Police Chief. The International Secretariat of Amnesty International, based in London, issued the call on 20 March. It says two suspects, Surapon Eamsuwan and Wasu Eamla-au, were in danger of ill treatment and torture.
7 Feb 2015
7 February 2015 -- Thai authorities must immediately cancel plans to grant the military enhanced powers to detain civilians for several months without charge or trial, Amnesty International said today. The National Legislative Assembly, a body appointed by the military which seized power in a coup in May 2014, will later this month consider an amendment to the Statute of the Military Court Act, which would grant military commanders powers to detain civilians for up to 84 days. “It is deeply worrying that the Thai military authorities a
11 Dec 2014
Thailand’s military authorities must halt the alarming deterioration in respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including ending the unprecedented use of the lèse-majesté law, Amnesty International said ahead of International Human Rights Day on 10 December.
21 Oct 2014
Six months after activist Pholachi Rakchongcharoen, also known as “Billy”, is believed to have been the victim of enforced disappearance in Kaengkrachan National Park, western Thailand, Amnesty International renews calls on authorities to establish the truth about his fate and whereabouts as a matter of urgency. The organization also urges authorities to ensure all necessary measures are taken to ensure anyone suspected of responsibility for his suspected enforced disappearance is brought to justice. It is feared that Billy, 30, a Kare
16 Aug 2014
The Thai junta has ordered the Amnesty International Thailand to stop its activities in Bangkok and Chiang Mai calling for peace in the Gaza Strip, citing martial law. In a letter to AI members, issued Friday, AI Thailand said military officers in northern Chiang Mai Province called them and “asked” AI to call off the planned gathering and seminar at a bookstore in the province on 17 August on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and human rights.
30 Jul 2014
29 July 2014 Thailand: Amnesty International’s meeting with the National Council for Peace and Order Amnesty International visited Thailand between 9 and 18 July to undertake research on the human rights situation following the declaration of martial law on 20 May 2014. As part of its research, the human rights organization met with representatives of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) – the milit
5 May 2014
The UN Committee Against Torture last week reviewed Thailand’s record on torture and inhumane treatment, and expressed concerns about Thailand’s prisons which house the 6th highest prison population in the world. The issues of the prevalent use of torture in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces and conditions in refugee detention centres were also scrutinized by the panel of 10 experts. This review taking place in Geneva is the first since Thailand became a signatory to the UN Convention Against Torture in 2007.
2 Aug 2013
(August 1, 2013) A ruling by Thailand’s Supreme Court shows how the authorities have failed to provide justice for 85 people that died at the hands of the security forces in Tak Bai, Amnesty International said.
23 Jan 2013
The sentencing of a human rights defender to ten years in prison for publishing two articles allegedly insulting the monarchy is a serious setback for freedom of expression in Thailand, Amnesty International said.
9 Nov 2012
Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action Appeal on 8 November for 4 men accused of lèse majesté in Bahrain. The following information is copied from the Appeal.