Amnesty: Protect protesters rights

Thai authorities must protect and respect human rights during the mass protests in Bangkok next week while protest leaders should call on their followers not to commit human rights abuses, says Amnesty International.

“The situation in Thailand is tense, volatile and unpredictable. There is a real risk of loss of life and injury unless human rights are fully respected,” said Isabelle Arradon, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific office. 

“Security forces should ensure that the right to peaceful protest is upheld - however, they also have a duty to protect the safety of the public. When carrying out their work, law enforcement officials should apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force, and always exercise restraint in its use,” she said.  

“The authorities must also uphold peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression, including by protecting media workers from harassment and intimidation.” 

At least eight people are reported to have been killed and scores injured during the protests, which started in November. Amnesty called for a full, thorough, independent investigation into all incidents which resulted in injuries and deaths.

“It is crucial that authorities ensure redress for these deaths, and accountability for past abuses in Thailand which have led to loss of life or serious harm,” Ms Arradon said. 

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Discussion 1 : 13/01/2014 at 12:01 AM
Troublemakers have no rights, who protects the rights of the defenders?
Discussion 2 : 12/01/2014 at 10:22 PM
The right to freedom of expression by no means is the same as the right for demonstration - even Amnesty International knows this very well but claims differently. In western democracies demonstrations need approval by authorities and police, if authority is not given the demonstration is illegal and will be stopped by police immediately. In Bangkok for 2 months ISA does not allow mass demonstrations at all - but nobody cares about the law. Not allowing demonstrations in no way limits the right to freedom of expression and opinion - but only real democracies understand that. This will still be a very,very long way down the road in Thailand.
Discussion 3 : 12/01/2014 at 10:02 PM
All this amnesty right farce telling what the government what to do. They should tell the PDRC protester to go home, they had made life tough for others that dwell within the Bangkok city.
Discussion 4 : 12/01/2014 at 09:14 PM
This is a total misinterpretation and spin of what she said. See BP's own article for her statement.
Discussion 5 : 12/01/2014 at 07:19 PM
The leader of the "terrorists" is the one in Dubai, who does not care about loss of lives or huge economical damage to the country as long as he get what he wants
Discussion 6 : 12/01/2014 at 06:51 PM
terrorists are violent people…. the only violence I've seen is from the reds…. they are renown for it
Discussion 7 : 12/01/2014 at 06:09 PM
Don't misinterpret Amnesty International's action and advice. How could it be in the position to legalize the protest? Only Thai judiciary has the power to decide. Be told and be rational.
Discussion 8 : 12/01/2014 at 06:02 PM
And the rights of millions of people to work to feed and clohe their families and send their kids to school (all ours shut) counts for nothing. Over half the people they are turning back at Pratunam this evening are seething down the road and am sure we have not seen the last of the army of moto's taxis and the red half of the city. These protesters better win as if they don't, the courts will be replaced with real ones and they.... will be inside for a long long time!!! I think the Gov just giving them enough rope to piss off enough people. Starving them of the violence they need for the army to come in.. Crazy days
Discussion 9 : 12/01/2014 at 05:43 PM
Hahaha ! That would be the day, wouldn't it ?
Discussion 10 : 12/01/2014 at 05:35 PM
actually that's not what she said at all. She said all human rights need to be respected. That includes the right to take your child to school, to earn a living, access of water and power, the right to vote, the right to unfettered and unrestricted public travel and so on.
Discussion 11 : 12/01/2014 at 05:32 PM
U think Amnesty dont know that? They carefully analyse a situation before making a statement. In this case they have chose to call the protesters exactly that, protesters. Deal with it!
Discussion 12 : 12/01/2014 at 05:31 PM
Of course! That's why they just sit there for months at end. Without weapons, without setting fire to anything, without threatening to hang the PM but handing out flowers to police etc instead. Because they are terrorists! :)
Discussion 13 : 12/01/2014 at 05:27 PM
Yingluck should step down for the sake of the country, that would help the situation considerably, but she won't because the PT party knows she is the Pretty lady that many Red shirt people vote for, if she is gone the chances of PT being re-elected will be severely diminished. So they are prepared for Chaos and bloodshed just to keep her as PM for the sake of her family and Thaksin.
Discussion 14 : 12/01/2014 at 04:59 PM
Isabelle Arradon, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific office confirms the legality to strike on Monday 13 January until victory by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).
Discussion 15 : 12/01/2014 at 04:57 PM
They are not protesters. Not demonstration or rally. They are under terrorists orders to shutdown BKK, cut water and electricity supply, seize state buildings/offices, block government minister houses, with the aim to seize power from the people elected government and set up a dictatorial regime and to cover up all their crimes.
Discussion 16 : 12/01/2014 at 04:57 PM
Thailand "the hub of human rights" 555

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