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10 Apr 2024
The Thai Constitutional Court will rule on a petition that could result in the dissolution of the Move Forward Party, which won the largest number of seats in the May 2023 general election, and the disqualification of its leaders. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that dissolving the party would violate its members' rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and democratic participation, and would undermine Thailand's effort to restore democratic rule after years of military dictatorship. it would also affect Thailand's standing as a "generally rights-respecting" country and concerned governments should withdraw support for Thailand's bid for the UN Human Rights Council if the party is dissolved.
28 Mar 2024
Human Rights Watch (HRW) calls on the Thai Senate to promptly pass the Marriage Equality bill, which was approved by an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives yesterday (27 March), noting that passing the bill is an opportunity for Thailand to match its positive global reputation on LGBT rights with tangible legal protections.
2 Feb 2024
Myanmar’s military junta has increasingly carried out unlawful airstrikes harming civilians in its military operations against a coalition of opposition and ethnic armed groups, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday (31 January). Governments that provide transfers or assistance of arms or materiel to the junta forces risk being complicit in war crimes.
25 Aug 2023
Thai authorities should immediately and impartially investigate the attack on a Cambodian opposition activist who had sought refuge in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today. Three Khmer-speaking men beat Phorn Phanna at around noon on August 22, 2023, in Rayong province, causing injuries to his face and chest.
25 May 2023
Thai authorities should immediately and impartially investigate the killing of an exiled Lao political activist, Bounsuan Kitiyano, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday (24 May).
28 Apr 2023
Thai authorities should immediately drop charges and release a 15-year-old student activist detained for allegedly defaming the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said today (28 April).
13 Apr 2023
Thai immigration officials forcibly returned three Myanmar opposition activists to Myanmar, putting them at grave risk of persecution and other abuses, Human Rights Watch said today.
6 Apr 2023
Thailand’s election scheduled for 14 May 2023, will be held under political, constitutional, and legal frameworks that make a free and fair process nearly impossible, Human Rights Watch said today (6 April).
21 Jan 2023
Thai authorities should immediately drop the charges and release two democracy activists detained for criticizing the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said on Friday (20 January).
16 Nov 2022
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called upon Vietnamese authorities to immediately release the outspoken commentator Bui Van Thuan and drop the politically motivated charges against him, Human Rights Watch said today (16 November). The People’s Court of Thanh Hoa province has scheduled his criminal trial for November 17, 2022.
21 Jul 2022
Most of Indonesia’s provinces and dozens of cities and regencies impose discriminatory and abusive dress codes on women and girls, Human Rights Watch said on 21 July. The harmful impact of these regulations is evident in the personal accounts of Indonesian women – as schoolgirls, teachers, doctors, and the like.
19 Jul 2022
Thai authorities should immediately drop the charges and release pro-democracy activists detained for insulting the monarchy (lese majeste), Human Rights Watch said today (19 July).

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