Since Thailand’s military took power from the acting Prime Minister, after the removal of Yingluck Shinawatra, many feared a repeat of the violence and human rights violations that was witnessed in 2006 after a military coup saw the ousting of Yingluck’s elder brother, Thaksin Shinawatra. Unfortunately, the cycle seems to be repeating.
After the coup had been announced and the constitution was abolished on 22 May 2014, the Army Chief, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha became the interim prime minister with full authority under the enforcement of Martial Law throughout the country. Certain civil and political rights have therein been derogated like right to freedom of expression, right to freedom of assembly and right to freedom of association. Almost 250 academics, politicians, journalists and political activists are currently being detained in undisclosed locations and under unknown conditions. The military has also shut down foreign news channels such as the CNN and BBC and thereafter blocked many websites including the Human Rights Watch website, accusing them of disseminating false information about the political situation in Thailand.
I don’t understand why the Thailand military is always so eager to control power. Thailand’s military has staged 11 coups since the abolition of absolute monarchy in 1932. Why cant they stick to the job of defence? This coup and the subsequent human rights violation is a great setback to democracy and stability in Thailand. The military government is trying its best to silence people, they just with to imprison people and no one will ask questions. but, NO! This is the 21st century and no military anywhere in the world should be in charge of government. if the Thai military claims that they just want to bring stability, why will they declare ‘no elections until one year’? Imagine suspending democracy! I strongly condemn the coup and the suppression and oppression of political activists and the obstruction of freedom of speech and association. We all, human rights activists must say NO to the coup! and keep calling for support to restore civilian rule in Thailand.