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Thai Police Shut Down Journalists' Discussion About Rohingya

Police in Thailand shut down a forum organized by foreign journalists to discuss whether senior military officers in Myanmar should face justice for alleged human rights abuses committed by their forces against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. About a dozen policemen showed up ahead of Monday evening's scheduled panel discussion at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand and ordered the panelists not to speak. The scheduled speakers included Tun Khin, a prominent U.K.-based Rohingya activist; Kobsak Chutikul, a former Thai diplomat; and Kingsley Abbott, a representative of the International Commission of Jurists, a rights advocacy group. Last month a specially appointed U.N. human rights team recommended that Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya. Critics of Myanmar's military have also accused it of carrying out ethnic cleansing and other war crimes.  Some 700,000 Rohingya fled across the border to Bangladesh after the army launched a counterinsurgency campaign in response to attacks by Rohingya militants last August. Myanmar's army, which for decades has been accused of violating the human rights of various ethnic minorities, denies having committed organized rights abuses. The police at the Bangkok event handed over a letter requesting the panel discussion on "Will Myanmar's Generals Ever Face Justice for International Crimes?'' be canceled because it could damage national security, affect foreign relations and a give a third party the opportunity to create unrest.  However, Police Col. Thawatkiat Jindakuansanong told the organizers: "We are not asking. We are ordering you to cancel the event.'' Dominic Faulder, the president of the Foreign Correspondents Club, expressed his disappointment and said he had no choice but to announce the cancellation.  It is believed to be the sixth time police have forced a cancellation of one of the group's programs since Thailand's military seized power from an elected... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Thai Police Shut Down Journalists' Discussion About Rohingya, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Thai Police Shut Down Journalists' Discussion About Rohingya

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 10 September, 2018

 

 

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