Thailand's human rights commission wants emergency lifted

21:21, July 01, 2010      

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A meeting of the civil right and politics sub-committee of Thailand's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday resolved to call for lifting of the emergency decree in capital Bangkok and 23 other provinces, chairman Niran Pithakwatchara said, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

"The meeting pointed out that the emergency law can be used only when violence occurs, to protect state offices and utilities, but the unrest is now over," Niran said.

Even though there were bombings in Bangkok recently, the sub-panel did not consider it unusual and police can control the situation, Niran argued.

He said detaining political activists without pressing official charges was an abuse of human rights.

He would submit his panel's resolution to the Prime Minister for his opinion. After the premier's response, the resolution will be proposed to the NHRC for adoption.

Assessment on the situation by concerned authorities will be made before the state of emergency will complete its 3-month term of the enforcement on July 7.

Though the anti-government protests ended on May 19, the Thai government has still maintained its enforcement of the state of emergency in order to ensure security for the public.

The state of emergency has been imposed from April 7, 2010, in capital Bangkok and 23 provinces of Thailand's 76 provinces, empowering police and army to control the then anti-government protests.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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