Thailand

Thailand: Drop defamation complaints against rights defenders
3 December 2018 11:22 am

(3 December 2018, Bangkok) – We, the 16 undersigned organizations, call on the Thai authorities and Thammakaset Company Limited to ensure that the criminal and civil defamation complaints brought by the company against human rights defenders Nan Win and Sutharee Wannasiri for bringing attention to labor rights violations at a Thammakaset-owned chicken farm in Thailand [ Read more ]

ASEAN should uphold the principle of democracy and strengthen its human rights institutions
15 November 2018 2:03 pm

(Bangkok, 15 November 2018) – Today, as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concludes its 33rd Summit and hands over its Chairship to Thailand, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on ASEAN to prioritise the strengthening of democracy and the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in [ Read more ]

Thailand: New Hope for the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand?
6 September 2018 2:58 pm

(Bangkok, 6 September 2018) –The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) welcomes the nomination of seven new candidates for the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT).The current selection process is more inclusive and transparent that indicates an effort in complying with the Paris Principles, a set of international standards which frame [ Read more ]

Joint Statement – Thailand: Rights organisations condemn the arbitrary arrest and intimidation of P-Move by Thai authorities
15 May 2018 6:05 pm

(Bangkok, 15 May 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Amnesty International, and Protection International condemn the harassment and intimidation by Thai authorities of members of the People’s Movement for a Just Society (P-Move). Such acts of harassment and intimidation include preventing members from participating in peaceful protests in Bangkok and [ Read more ]

Event at FCCT: Thai companies investing in ASEAN and their human rights obligations
14 May 2018 4:14 pm

Thai companies investing in ASEAN and their human rights obligations 10:00-12:00, Friday 1 June 2018 Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand Free Admission & Food will be served before and after the panel discussion *** Thai companies are increasingly investing in neighboring ASEAN countries. While investments have resulted in significant profits for both Thailand and the [ Read more ]

Thailand: Immediately withdraw all criminal complaints against peaceful demonstrators
9 April 2018 6:26 pm

(Geneva, 09 April 2018) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is gravely concerned by the harassment and intimidation of pro-democracy demonstrators by Thai authorities. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Thai Government to immediately withdraw all criminal complaints filed against the 57 demonstrators for taking part in a peaceful rally calling for an election. The [ Read more ]

Thailand: Urgent call to dismiss all allegations against the eight human rights defenders from the peaceful march, ‘We Walk’
26 January 2018 4:11 pm

(Geneva, 26 January 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) urgently calls on the Government of Thailand to unconditionally dismiss all allegations against the eight human rights defenders who joined the peaceful march, ’We Walk’ on 20 January 2018. A few days later, on 23 January 2018, authorities issued police summons [ Read more ]

Joint Statement – Thai Military Must Drop Unlawful Charges Against Academics
21 August 2017 4:49 pm

21 August, 2017 Chiang Mai, Thailand We, the undersigned organizations, call on the Thai authorities to immediately drop all charges against academics and participants who attended a recent conference in Chiang Mai, and to uphold academic freedom in line with Thailand’s human rights obligations. This week, Professor (in Thai, Ajarn) Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and five other academics [ Read more ]

Thailand: Detention of Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa continues, suppression intensifies
22 June 2017 4:58 pm

(Geneva, 22 June 2017) – Today marks six months of detention for Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa, a prominent student activist who has been charged with lèse majesté offences under article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code and violation of the Computer Crime Act since 22 December 2016. Pai was arrested on 3 December 2016 after sharing [ Read more ]

Joint Statement – Government of Thailand and Businesses Should Ensure Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are Practiced
31 May 2017 5:09 pm

(Bangkok, May 31, 2017)— We, the undersigned civil society organizations, urge Thai authorities and business enterprises in the country to uphold the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Today, government agencies, representatives of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, business entities, and representatives from the U.N. Development Program participated in a [ Read more ]