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Thailand: Police shutdown press discussion on Burma Rohingya Crisis

AUTHORITIES in Thailand shut down a panel discussion organised by foreign journalists to discuss human rights abuses in Burma (Myanmar) and whether the military generals should face justice. According to a statement from the organisers, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT), police raided the event on Monday as “the discussion might be used by ‘third parties’ to cause unrest and endanger national security.” This is the sixth event organised by the FCCT to be cancelled since the military staged a coup 2014. The organisation insisted there were “no grounds whatever for such suspicions” as they have held similar events, over decades, none of which have led to any “unrest of subversion.” #Thai authorities shut down @FCCThai event on accountability in #Myanmar stating its a threat to national security. In the photo one police officer stands at the side of the stage as FCCT reads the police order to shut down the event: pic.twitter.com/yLNXTQZGRD — John Quinley III (@johnquinley3) September 10, 2018 The discussion, scheduled to take place in Bangkok, was entitled “Will Myanmar’s Generals Ever Face Justice for International Crimes?” It aimed to unpick a United Nations fact-finding report into the Rohingya crisis that was released last month. The report accused Burma’s generals, including the military’s commander in chief General Min Aung Hlaing, of war crimes and genocide. It called for those responsible to be tried for their crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Many journalists took to social media to express their dismay at the closure of the event. The BBC’s Johnathan Head saw the closure as evidence of Thailand “defending Myanmar’s generals over what the UN calls genocide in Rakhine.” Police determined to shut down tonight’s event @FCCThai. Insisting it must not go ahead. This is Thailand defending Myanmar’s generals over what the UN calls genocide... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Thailand: Police shutdown press discussion on Burma Rohingya Crisis, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Thailand: Police shutdown press discussion on Burma Rohingya Crisis

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Tuesday, 11 September, 2018

 

 

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