NHRC concerned on Sunday rallies

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Saturday issued a statement expressing its concern on the planned anti-government protests on Sunday and called on the protest leaders and the government to refrain from violence.

In order to avoid any possible unrest, the NHRC said in its statement, all parties concerned should comply with the following proposals;

1. The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and other anti-government groups must hold their protests in a peaceful manner and without weapons, in line with the democratic principles and the 2007 Constitution.

The government must facilitate the protests and ensure safety of the protesters. The government must refrain from using force to deal with the protesters and try to settle the problem under the rules of law and the principles of democracy and human rights.

2. The media must report the situation based on the actual fact for the best benefit of the general public and their reports must be made in a constructive way, enhancing peace in the Thai society.

3. The government, the protester groups and all concerned sectors must help prevent the rallies from turning violent. The state must deal with the protesters in line with the international standard, with an aim to facilitate a peaceful protest.

The statement said the NHRC hoped that all parties would join hands to prevent any violence from occurring and would exercise their rights and freedom in line with the law and refrain from any action that could lead to violence or an abusing of human rights.

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Discussion 1 : 21/12/2013 at 07:54 PM
It is to say the least disappointing to see and hear the BBC and SKY reporting.Both demonstrate a clear misunderstanding as to why the protests are being held and more importantly what sparked them off.
Discussion 2 : 21/12/2013 at 07:48 PM
If there is any problem tomorow you can bet who will start it and it will not be the PDRC.
Discussion 3 : 21/12/2013 at 06:58 PM
It is NOT a red rally
Discussion 4 : 21/12/2013 at 06:43 PM
I suggest NHCR members should be @ all meetings to be held so they can record & observe so we can have a true & balanced account of proceedings. Because the International media is not assessing, & only publishing limited true facts of the protests taking place in Thailand we have to wonder how serious the international media really are? By some of the radio reports I have heard the reporters are novices, poor pronunciation of Thai names, poor research of facts & total inaccurate representation of the situation.. So why would any Thai worry what intenational media has to say!
Discussion 5 : 21/12/2013 at 05:04 PM
Are any Red Shirts listening?
Discussion 6 : 21/12/2013 at 05:04 PM
The PDRC don't need weapons - they have the support of all free-thinking Thais.
Discussion 7 : 21/12/2013 at 05:00 PM
Up until now there has been no violence to speak of because this government has been hands off and given the protestors everything they have ask for within the law.

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