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[Media Lines] Thailand: Release arrested protestors; respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly

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In response toĀ policeĀ violenceĀ againstĀ peacefulĀ protestersĀ Ā on 1 August, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said

As signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Thailand has an obligation to ensureĀ theĀ freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including by abstaining from violentĀ means of dispersal and proactively facilitating assemblies.

Reports ofĀ police using tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protestorsĀ yesterday calling for the resignation of the Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, followed by the arrest ofĀ protest leader Pai Dao Din and 22 others, indicates that Thailand has fallen short of its international human rights obligations.

FORUM-ASIA urges the government to release all arrested protestors, end the intimidation and harassment of the pro-democracy movement, andĀ take genuine steps towards addressing the legitimate concernsĀ raisedĀ by its people.

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