A UNITED NATIONS Special Rapporteur tweeted yesterday (Nov. 19) he was deeply disappointed with the Constitutional Court’s verdict on Nov.10 that three activists used their rights and liberties with the aim of overthrowing democratic institution with the King as head of state according to the first paragraph of Article 49 of Constitution and ordering them to halt such action, Amarin TV said.
Mr. Clement Voule, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Association and Peaceful Assembly, said in his tweet, “#Thailand I’m deeply disappointed by the Constitutional Court ruling to label calls to reform the monarchy as an attempt to overthrow the institution, in trial against 3 pro-democracy protest leaders. I remind Thailand of its obligation to protect protestors’ right to voice dissent.”
The ruling was made against Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, Mr. Anon Nampa and Mr. Panupong Jadnok, or Mike, all leaders of the People’s Party.
Later Rung said outside the court that the 10 demands made at Thammasat University Rangsit Campus on August 10, 2020 were not so intended.
She was also disappointed that the Constitutional Court did not allow a hearing even though they had filed a request for one, and this she said affected their rights in the judicial process.
On Dec. 30, 2020 the UN Special Rapporteur had also tweeted the following, “Mass rallies are ongoing in #Thailand and I call on the government to stop using force against peaceful protesters: nobody should be criminally prosecuted for being part of a peaceful demonstration.”
Mr. Clement Voule,the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Association and Peaceful Assembly. Top photo: Daily News (Sri Lanka), Home Page photo: UN
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