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The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) lectured the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Thailand on the country’s political history to justify the detention of a Pheu Thai Party politician.

Don Pramudwinai, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, told media that the MFA on Tuesday afternoon, 19 April 2016, met Jesús Miguel Sanz, the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Thailand, to discuss about the current political situation of Thailand, Thairath News reported.

Don said that the MFA explained to the EU Ambassador about latest detention of Watana Muangsook, Pheu Thai Party politician who is currently detained in a military base outside of Bangkok.

The MFA told the EU Ambassador about crucial role of the military and the political reform roadmap of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) because the EU might not understand the whole situation, Don told media.

Asked by media whether the detention of Watana reaffirms the 2015 report on human rights violations in Thailand compiled by the US, Don replied that Thailand has no problem with human rights.   

Yesterday, Weerada Muangsook, a daughter of Watana Muangsook, also submitted a letter to the Office of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Bangkok to urge the international human rights groups and the EU to investigate the detention of Watana and other measures taken by the NCPO to suppress political dissent.

Four anti-junta activists were also arrested and detained briefly by the police on Tuesday evening for gathering at the Victory Monument, Bangkok, to show support for Watana.

One of the four, Anon Nampa a human rights lawyer from Resistant Citizen Group today said that daily gathering to demand for his release will be organised until Watana is set free.

“If Watana is not released in the next few days, we will proceed to a full-scale approach. Our fellows from the other provinces will come to join,” Khaosod English quoted Anon as saying.

Don Pramudwinai, Thailand's Minister of Foreign Affair

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