THAILAND: Continued impunity for enforced disappearance in Thailand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2012 ALRC-CWS-19-05-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Nineteenth session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Continued impunity for enforced disappearance in Thailand The Asian Legal Resource Center wishes to bring the importance of continued action to end enforced disappearance in Thailand to the attention of the Human Rights Council. While the signing of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance on 9 January 2012 by the Government of Thailand is a positive […]

THAILAND: Growing threats to political freedom in Thailand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2012 ALRC-CWS-19-02-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Nineteenth session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Growing threats to political freedom in Thailand 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to bring the growing range of state and vigilante threats to political freedom in Thailand to the attention of the Human Rights Council. These threats have been concentrated around those who both express critical views of the monarchy, as well as those who express concern about these threats. In recent months, academic and human rights defenders […]

THAILAND: International community urged on impunity of “drug war” killers

She is a human rights defender who has worked tirelessly and at considerable personal risk and without her efforts we have no doubt that the case would never have gone to court FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE ALRC-PRL-003-2011 A Press Release by the Asian Legal Resource Centre THAILAND: International community urged on impunity of “drug war” killers (Hong Kong, October 6, 2011) The killers of thousands of persons during the “war on drugs” conducted in Thailand from 2003 to 2005 continue to enjoy impunity for their crimes over six years on, a relative of one teenage victim of extrajudicial killing said at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva on Monday. […]

THAILAND: Persecution of torture victims and the legalization of impunity in Thailand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2011 ALRC-CWS-18-03-2011 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Eighteenth session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Persecution of torture victims and the legalization of impunity in Thailand The Asian Legal Resource Centre wishes to draw the attention of the Human Rights Council to the systemic persecution of torture victims in Thailand. Thailand acceded to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment (CAT) on 2 October 2007. However, since accession, there has neither been a national law passed nor significant changes in […]

THAILAND: Persecution of torture victims and the legalization of impunity in Thailand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2011 ALRC-CWS-18-03-2011 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Eighteenth session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Persecution of torture victims and the legalization of impunity in Thailand The Asian Legal Resource Centre wishes to draw the attention of the Human Rights Council to the systemic persecution of torture victims in Thailand. Thailand acceded to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment (CAT) on 2 October 2007. However, since accession, there has neither been a national law passed nor significant changes in […]

THAILAND: Threats to freedom of expression endanger human rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2011 ALRC-CWS-17-01-2011 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Seventeenth session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with SR on Freedom of Expression A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Threats to freedom of expression endanger human rights Since the 19 September 2006 coup, the Asian Legal Resource Center has observed the growing constriction of freedom of expression in Thailand. Locating and silencing dissident speech perceived to be critical of the institution of the monarchy has become a significant focus of the work of a range of Thai state agencies, including the judiciary, the Royal […]

THAILAND: Extraordinary legal measures and persistent state failure to secure justice, end impunity, and improve human rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2011 ALRC-CWS-16-02-2011 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Sixteenth session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Extraordinary legal measures and persistent state failure to secure justice, end impunity, and improve human rights While the open violence in the streets of Bangkok which marked April and May 2010 has disappeared, the situation of human rights remains at crisis level in Thailand, and this despite the fact that Thailand currently occupies the Presidency of the Human Rights Council. In the aftermath of the violence in 2010, the Asian Legal […]

THAILAND: Arbitrary detention and harassment under the Emergency Decree in Thailand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2010 ALRC-CWS-15-14-2010 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Fifteenth session, Agenda Item 4 A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Arbitrary detention and harassment under the Emergency Decree in Thailand In a submission to the 14th session of the Human Rights Council, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) described the use of arbitrary orders for interrogation of civilians in army camps and other facilities under emergency regulations during the violence between state forces and antigovernment protestors in Thailand in April-May 2010 (A/HRC/14/NGO/42, 17 May 2010). Noting the relationship between open violence and the […]

THAILAND: Coup Jettisons Courts

ALRC-CWS-26-08-2014 June 3, 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty sixth session, Agenda Item 3, General Debates A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre THAILAND: Coup Jettisons Courts In Thailand, the legitimate and democratically elected government of Thailand has been overthrown and the military has usurped power by force. The takeover is a clear and complete violation of the constitution of Thailand. Enormous efforts had been made by the Thai people to develop a democratic constitution. The 1997 constitution was created after years of consultation with all sections of Thai society. One of the preoccupations at the time was to end the entrenched practice […]

THAILAND: An analysis of Thailand’s non-compliance with its international human rights obligations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2010 ALRC-CWS-14-04-2010 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Fourteenth session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: An analysis of Thailand’s non-compliance with its international human rights obligations 1. As Thailand was elected this May 13 to the Human Rights Council (HRC), albeit as the result of a clean slate, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) urges the members of the Council to take note of Thailand�s record of non-compliance with many key international human rights obligations and ensure that its membership results in marked improvement concerning these. […]