UN demands Thailand drop cases against women activists

Suparb Khamlae stands next to a photo of her husband Den Khamlae, who was disappeared last year near the couple's home in Chaiyaphum. (Photo via The Isaan Record)

KUALA LUMPUR - The United Nations urged Thailand on Tuesday to drop criminal cases against female activists who campaign for the rights of their communities, amid concerns they face increasing harassment.

The call came after the wife of a prominent Thai land rights activist was jailed last week and a separate group of female activists who protested against a gold mining operation were indicted for breaching public assembly laws.

The UN Human Rights Office for Southeast Asia expressed concern over the two cases and said the female activists must be allow to campaign "without fear or threat of lawsuits, harassment, violence or intimidation".

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