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. […]

THAILAND: Arbitrary interrogation under recent emergency regulations in Thailand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2010 ALRC-CWS-14-01-2010 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: Arbitrary interrogation under recent emergency regulations in Thailand 1. The growing contention between the state and antigovernment protestors in Thailand has deepened into a full-scale crisis, with no clear resolution in view. During violence on 10 April 2010, at least 24 people were reported killed and over 800 wounded. After a month of continuing protests, the state decided to end the protests with force. Between 13 and 17 May 2010, the […]

THAILAND: “Unsubstantiated” police abuses, impunity and human rights charades

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2009 ALRC-CWS-12-05-2009 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twelfth session � Item 4 A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: “Unsubstantiated” police abuses, impunity and human rights charades 1. Following the 11th session of the Human Rights Council the Government of Thailand objected to the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) over it having characterized the Royal Thai Police as the top violator of human rights in that country. The government representative described remarks that the police in Thailand enjoy impunity for rights abuses as “unsubstantiated”. 2. The ALRC categorically rejects the complaint of the government that […]