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By CIVICUS Monitor |
The CIVICUS Monitor has added Thailand to its watchlist of countries experiencing rapid declines in civic freedoms, due to the targeting of activists, critics and the opposition by the government of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. Meanwhile, there has been an upsurge in transnational repression directed at foreign activists seeking refugee protection in Thailand.
By Prachatai |
<p>A new report published by the human rights group ARTICLE 19 has found that the Thai government&rsquo;s treatment of pro-democracy protesters violated their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including by exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic to enact repressive emergency measures and using the royal defamation law against protesters.</p>
By Anna Lawattanatrakul and Yiamyut Suthichaya |
<p>Declared 2 years ago to combat the spread of Covid-19, Thailand&rsquo;s State of Emergency has resulted in diminished freedom of expression and assembly. &nbsp;It has also been used as grounds for cracking down on pro-democracy protests and prosecuting activists.</p>
<p>Six months into the Covid-19 pandemic, the CIVICUS Monitor has found&nbsp;ongoing and unjustifiable restrictions on the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression across the world, while people continue to mobilise despite these restrictions.&nbsp;</p>
<p>It has only been one month since the declaration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but already the CIVICUS Monitor is documenting an alarming deterioration in civic space across 40 countries. A&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl=";source=gmail&amp;ust=1587444730621000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGC-RwDkf7IVrVGh8EUUfraM74xcg" href="" target="_blank">new brief</a>&nbsp;released today by the CIVICUS Monitor, shows that many governments are responding to the pandemic in an unjustifiable and unnecessary manner.&nbsp;</p>