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Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to you with regards to the recent arrest and charging of pro-democracy activists for their participation in a peaceful protest in Bangkok on 22 May 2018, the fourth anniversary of the military coup in Thailand.
Supported by the global union and NGOs, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) officially has launched the Fishers’ Rights Network (FRN) to combat abuse and exploitation in the Thai fishing industry. The launch establishes FRN as the only independent and democratic fishers’ union in Thailand with endorsement from global union federations, national union centres in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, maritime unions from around the world, domestic unions in Thailand, NGOs and Thailand’s biggest seafood processing company Thai Union.
As the date draws near for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to fulfil its promise to lift restrictions on political activities in June 2018, in place since the military coup of 22 May 2014, Katherine Gerson, Amnesty International’s Campaigner on Southeast Asia, said: “The sweeping and wholly unjustified restrictions on human rights put in place by the NCPO in the wake of the coup were supposed to be exceptional and temporary measures.
While our schedule for the assembly on 21-22 May to mark the 4th anniversary of the coup remains (to start at 5 p.m. on Monday at Thammasart University and 7 a.m. on Tuesday before marching to the government house), there are certain developments that need to be addressed. 1. Over the last few days, the junta has stepped up their harassment towards people whom they guess would join our assembly.
Members of Thailand’s CSOs launches today the “Public Assembly Observation and Documentation for Human Rights” to monitor and document what happens at a public assembly using a human rights based approach. Its operation will debut on 19 May. Members of the Public Assembly Observation and Documentation for Human Rights are composed of volunteers interested and concerned with human rights. They will have received training, exchange of knowledge and skills on public assembly observation and documentation on par with international standards.
(Bangkok, 15 May 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Amnesty International, and Protection International condemn the harassment and intimidation by Thai authorities of members of the People’s Movement for a Just Society (P-Move). Such acts of harassment and intimidation include preventing members from participating in peaceful protests in Bangkok and arbitrarily arresting them on 2 May 2018, when they were simply exercising their right to peaceful assembly with the aim of advocating for the protection of land rights.
New owners and managers took over on 7 May 2018 the editorial and operations of the last independent English-language newspaper in Cambodia – The Phnom Penh Post – after its sale to a Malaysian investor over the weekend. A representative of the new owner fired the editor in chief, and several senior staff resigned over their refusal to take down the report about the new ownership of the Phnom Penh Post.
Joint Statement by Protection International (PI) and Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) on Acquittal of Nawa Chaoue, Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defender, Co-Founder of Save Lahu Group 02 May 2018 Chiang Mai, Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 24th April 2018, at about 3:30 pm community leaders from Save Lahu, Protection International (PI) and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) witnessed the
The UN Human Rights Office calls on Thailand to end restrictions on activists raising critical human rights issues BANGKOK (02 May 2018) - The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia is concerned by the restrictions imposed on civil society groups on Labor Day in relation the rights freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.