More shadows than lights: human rights commitments of Thai political parites

Submitted on Fri, 2019-03-22 17:43Prachatai On 14 March 2019, International Federation on Human Rights held a press conference at The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand to launch More Shadow than Lights: Thailand’s Political Parties and Their Human Rights Commitments, a report which surveyed human rights situation and 32 political parties in Thailand (read the full report here). More Shadows than Lights Mr. Andrea Giorgetta, Director of FIDH Asia, Ms. Debbie Stothard, Secretary-General of FIDH, Angkhana Neelaphaijit from The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, and Yingcheep Atchanont from iLaw, joined the press conference. Ambassador of Switzerland and diplomats from European countries, also attended the event. The conference began with a brief summary by Mr. Andrea Giorgetta, starting with a statement that junta’s repressive NCPO orders are still in place and that junta is interfering with the election process, most evident in election date delays. With 250 senates appointed by the junta and 20-year strategy which ties the hands of future government, the military still have influence over Thailand even after the general election. Also, he highlights about positive development regarding human rights defenders, refugees, and detention conditions. According to the report, 42% of the political parties hold regular meetings with human rights defenders, 56% promote legislation that incorporates the principle of non-refoulement, while significant number of political parites promise to solve overcrowding and improve detention conditions in line with international minimum standards. However, the shadows remained regarding freedom of expression, death penalty, and role of the military. 88% of political parties still do not support removal of jail terms for violators of lese majeste law, 63% still support to maintain the death penalty, and less than half (41%) support the reduction of military budget in the context that the junta still tightly controls election environment and repressive legal framework remains... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, More shadows than lights: human rights commitments of Thai political parites, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you More shadows than lights: human rights commitments of Thai political parites





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Published By: Prachatai - Friday, 22 March



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