ICJ Asia Director Discusses Post-Coup Rights Violations

Soldiers on the street of Bangkok, hours after Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha imposed martial law on 20 May 2014.

(Prachatai English)

It has been seven months since the coup d’état in May 2014. According to iLaw, 626 people have been summoned, 340 arrested, 171 arrested for peaceful demonstrations, and 106 charged after being summoned or arrested; 19 people face charges under Article 112 or the lèse majesté law and 38 public events have been forcibly cancelled.

One might have thought at the beginning of the military regime that the situation would be less intense and human rights violations would be less visible. However, the situation and the iLaw statistics suggest otherwise.

Prachatai’s Thaweeporn Kummetha discussed the situation with Sam Zarifi, Regional Director, Asia and Oceania, of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) about the human rights situation after the military coup d’état in Thailand.



Watch the interview at http://www.prachatai.com/english/node/4629


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