Thailand: Uphold Right to Peaceful Protest

Thailand: Uphold Right to Peaceful Protest 24 February 2014

Feb.24

IGO condemns the violence unleashed against protesters in Thailand.

Three people including two children were killed when a bomb exploded at an anti-government rally outside a shopping mall in Bangkok yesterday. The 22 wounded includes a preteen boy who was in critical condition.

On Saturday night, a 5-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet when attackers opened fire on an anti-government demonstration in the eastern Trat province. Another 34 were wounded.

The violence is the latest in a series of protests against President Yingluck Shinawatra who came to power in 2011- 5 years after her brother was overthrown by a military coup. Yingluck’s government was largely stable until her party attempted to pass a controversial amnesty bill in November, sparking the current wave of protests. The bill would have nullified Thaksin’s corruption conviction and allowed him to return to the country.

IGO demands that the Thai government protect the rights of its people to peaceful demonstration. It’s the duty of the state to ensure the safety of people. IGO also urges President Yingluck Shinawatra to act on her promise to bring the perpetrators of the violence to justice. IGO calls on all parties in Thailand to renounce violence and work out their differences using peaceful means.