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Amnesty International Critics Want Rights Group Banned



Amnesty International Critics Want Rights Group Banned

The Office of the Prime Minister, Assistant Minister, Seksakol Atthawong, has said the human rights group Amnesty International should be expelled from the country. An ex-red-shirts leader also backed the government official in his call to ban Amnesty International from Thailand

In an interview with The Bangkok Post, former Red-Shirt Villages of Thailand leader Anon Saennan said they are launching a campaign to press the organization to stop operating in Thailand.

The rights group has criticized the government’s treatment of political protesters several times, most recently after the Constitutional Court ruled on the actions of protesters Anon Nampa, Panupong Jadnok, and Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul.

The court ruled that their actions constituted an attempt to overthrow the constitutional monarchy after they spoke at a rally at Thammasat University in August last year.

A rally was organized by other anti-government protesters, who announced a declaration that they believe will serve as a guideline for reforming the monarchy in response to the ruling.

Amnesty International failed to respect the monarchy

Mr. Anon echoed Mr. Seksakol’s criticism, saying Amnesty International fails to confront protesters’ disrespect for a higher institution, a reference to the monarchy, despite its repeated calls for greater respect for human rights.

“We’re responding to [Mr. Seksakol’s] call and have requested that red-shirt villages in six regions collect signatures of people who want to see this organization outlawed,” he said.

Yesterday, the Criminal Court revoked the bail of Ms. Panusaya, due to her encouragement of people to wear black at a rally in Bangkok on July 28.

After a second bail revocation in a lese majeste case, she was denied bail once again. On December 20 last year, she allegedly wrote insulting words on her body while protesting at the Bangkok center. Last week, she was put back in detention.

In addition to Ms. Panusaya and Chaiamorn Kaewwiboonpan, who attended the protest on March 28, Mr. Panupong was not revoked bail. Despite being arrested for other protest-related charges, Chai-amorn is currently out on bail.

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