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 BREAKING NEWS >> Monday September 25, 2006 00:00

UN says Thai coup violating human rights     If you have your ideas about this news, share it with others, here!

New York (dpa) - Actions taken by Thailand's Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy (CDRM) after the coup d'etat have contravened human rights conventions, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Monday.

But the report made at least one serious error and is likely to come under strong criticism today in Thailand.

The military council disbanded the National Human Rights Council even though the country is party to a number of international human rights conventions, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the UN said.

In fact, the CDRM specifically said the National Human Rights Commission was one of several "independent organisations (which) have not been terminated and still functioned as usual."

The military-led coup d'etat that overthrew a democratically elected government in Thailand last Tuesday "raised important human rights concerns," Louise Arbour said in a statement issued from her Geneva office.

"The various decrees issued by the CDRM restrict a number of basic human rights, such as the right to freedom of assembly, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention," Ms. Arbour said, urging the new authorities to restore the maximum exercise of such rights.

Arbour urged CDRM, the military council that now governs the country until new elections, "to ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and reinstate the country's human rights commission."

She said CDRM has unconstitutionally replaced an elected government, imposed martial law, abolished the 1997 constitution, dissolved parliament and cabinet as well as the constitutional court.

Other decrees issued by CDRM restrict a number of basic human rights, including right to freedom of assembly, opinion and expression, and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention.

Arbour called on CDRM "to restore the maximum exercise of these rights," the statement said.

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