Rights groups demands government lift executive orders enacted by coup government

Prominent members of the opposition and rights groups called on Tuesday for the government to lift previous provisions put in place by the previous military government that continues to be in effect

The parliament will on Tuesday debate on the proposal to permanently lift 35 announcements and orders from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that were given during the coup government

The NCPO was formed by current Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha, Deputy Prime Ministers General Prawit Wongsuwan and Anupong Paochinda when they seized power from a democratically elected government in 2014.

“These orders must be eliminated,” Tassanee Buranupakorn, a Chiang Mai MP for the main opposition Pheu Thai Party, told Thai Enquirer.

She said at least 35 of the 533 announcements and orders that were issued by the NCPO were against human rights and democratic principles.

For example, one of the orders allows the military to summon and detain people within military camps for seven days without charge or a court warrant, if they were deemed as a threat to national security.

Another example is the ban on a political gathering of five people or more.

The Internet Dialogue on Law Reform (iLaw), one of the legal groups which is organizing a protest at the parliament on Tuesday, said that 13 of the orders were against community rights, nine were against the freedom of expression, seven were overstepping judicial process and six were against press freedom.

Tassanee said the government might not be using these orders right now but they still exist and they must be reversed to prevent the government from being able to use them again.

The MP was one of the 120 politicians, activists, and journalists who were arrested for criticizing Junta during its constitutional referendum process in 2017.

She was arrested, charged with sedition by a military court and jailed for 21 days before she was released on bail. It took five years before the charges against her were dropped by a civilian court which said that she was just exercising her rights.

“They might have canceled many orders already but there are still leftovers and since they are still against human rights, they should no longer exist,” she said.

The Move Forward Party had also announced on Monday that they will support the push for the lifting of the Junta’s orders in parliament.


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