Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha
RESTORE DEMOCRACY IN THAILAND: ILLEGITIMATE MILITARY JUNTA STEP DOWN IMMEDIATELY
Since the announcement of the martial law on 20 May and the military take over on 22 May, the constitution of Thailand has been suspended. This effectively gives the military unlimited powers to restrict human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed in the constitution and replace them with martial law provisions. Under the martial law, the military can prohibit any activity, censor the media, outlaw meetings and assemblies, search and seize any item, occupy areas, and detain people without charge for up to seven days. We are extremely concerned with the massive human rights violations that are taking place now and this certainly does not help to improve the political situation in Thailand.
Suaram: Thai military coup only fuels political crisis
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has admonished the military takeover of Thailand, saying it will not resolve the current political impasse, but rather, will ”fuel it further”.
The human rights watchdog was part of a protest in front of the Royal Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur today, in which it submitted a memorandum urging the military junta to step down and restore democracy in the neighbouring country.
The memorandum, signed by Suaram along with 24 other civil society groups, trade unions and democratic movements in Malaysia, claimed that the suspension of constitution following the military coup d’etat on May 22 has led to a series of human rights violations.
“We have seen that all experiences with military juntas all over the world have spelled the death of democracy.
“Military rule and repression is not the solution to resolve the current political impasse in Thailand, but rather to fuel it further, at the expense of all Thai people, especially the workers, farmers and other working people,” read a copy of the memorandum sent to Malaysiakini.
The 25 organisations also expressed concern over the repression of the media in its coverage of the ongoing political crisis, saying this would prevent Thai people from accessing information crucial and from making informed decision.
Among others, the groups are urging an immediate repeal of martial law in the nation, for political detainees to be released, including those held under the “insidious lese-majeste law” and for the media to be allowed to operate freely.
The Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Marginalised People's Network (Jerit), Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia, Tenaganita, and the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) are among those that co-signed the memorandum.- Malaysiakini, 2/6/2014
M'sian NGOs demand for restoration of democracy in ThailandKUALA LUMPUR: A coalition of 24 Malaysian NGOs gathered in front of the Royal Thai Embassy to submit a memorandum demanding for democracy restoration in the Siamese state.Posted on 2 June 2014 - 01:28pm
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The demands, among others, were to repeal the martial law immediately, to reinstate Thailand's constitution and to release all political detainees.
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) executive director Yap Swee Seng said the coalition was very concerned over the political situation surrounding Thailand and it must be resolved in a more democratic way.
"Military rule won't resolve the problem. They will just sweep everything under the carpet. Citizens won't be able to voice out their problems," he said to reporters in front of the Thailand embassy.
"There should be freedom of expression to discuss problems faced by the country. A democratic process will ensure a more sustainable and long term political solution for Thailand," he added.
The memorandum was directed to Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order General Prayuth Chan-Ocha who led the recent military coup.
Yap, who led the coalition, condemned all acts of democratic oppression by the military junta as it denied the basic human rights.
"Military rule and repression is not the solution to resolve the current political impasse in Thailand," he said.
The memorandum was accepted by Minister Counsellor of Royal Thai Embassy Biyapak Sricharoen.
Biyapak said the Thai government is in the midst of resolving the internal conflict.
"A lot of people who have been arrested are being released and measures against news organisations and media has already been relaxed," he said.
"We will convey the message to Bangkok. This will be taken into consideration by the Thai government," he added.
Biyapak said the bilateral ties between both countries will not be severed by the change in government. - The Sun Daily, 2/6/2014, M'sian NGOs demand for restoration of democracy in Thailand