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Thailand Human Rights



Thailand Human Rights

Once with the People’s Constitution from 1997 new Thailand human rights were introduced; if in the 1932 Constitution were 9 rights, in the new Constitution are 40 rights.

Among these rights are: the right of the handicapped people, the traditional communities’ rights, the children’s rights, the free education right, the public health right, the consumer’s rights, freedom of information,

equality of the sexes and the peacefully protest right. Generally, the government of Thailand respected the citizens’ rights but there were cases when some importantproblems were reported by the United States Department of State.  The free speech right was seriously affected during the Thai coup d’etat from 2006;


the political meetings were banned and to criticise the political class in media was not allowed. According to the SEAPA (South-East Asian Press Alliance, the Thai media environment suffered deterioration under Thaksin Shinawatra.


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About 300 radio stations from Thailand provinces as well as news channel via cable were suspended because they criticised the premier and his government; more, some Thailand websites were suspended because they discussed the military intervention’s implication on the Thailand democracy. The antidrug war of the Thailand government from 2003 had as victims over 2.500 suspected drugs traffickers who were killed. More, the conditions from prisons and some detention facilities of the provincial immigration were found as poor. 1.600 people died in police custody or in prisons, in 2004,


from which 131cases were the police action’s result. 3 years later, on November 27, the Nation was writing about the Thai government war against the drugs, ended with 2.500 deaths, in 2003; more than a half of these people were not involved in the drug problems in any ways.


A representative of ONC (the Office of Narcotics Control Board) found out that about 1.400 people were labelled or killed as drug suspects but they actually had no connection to drugs. Another newspaper, New York Times, wrote in 2003 that executions of innocent Thai victims happened, including of a 9 year old boy called Chakraphan, of a girl of one year and half years old and of her mother, both of them shot dead. The cases of breaking the Thailand human rights don’t stop here: a pregnant lady shot in front of her kids, two parents killed in front of their 8 year old boy, after they came home from temple. There is also the case of Suwit Baison,

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of 23 year old, working as cameraman at a local television; he fell in the knees crying in front of the Prime Minister begging him to make an investigation in the case of his patents’ killing. His parents were killed while they were returning home from a police station. His stepfather was also arrested for consuming marijuana; the police propose him to drop the charges if he admits that he uses methamphetamines; he paid a fine of $100 for using marijuana. Suwit Baison also said that 10 people were killed in his neighbourhood after they surrendered to the police.



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