Stop the Thai Coup, Restore and Strengthen Democracy with Participation for All
After several months of political unrest in Thailand, the military declared martial law on May 20, 2014, and then called leaders in for a supposed attempt at dialogue before seizing power in a coup d’état on May 22. General Prayuth Chan-ocha abolished the 2007 Constitution and dissolved the caretaker Government and Senate. In subsequent days, the military has summoned and detained scholars, activists, journalists and politicians, even carrying out arbitrary arrests and secret detentions, targeting people who think differently and who have campaigned for democratic and legal reforms.
The coup leaders imposed a curfew, censored the media, and gave military courts jurisdiction over all cases deemed threatening to national security. These acts are unjustified and strongly undermine the fundamental principles of human rights and democracy.
We condemn the military coup and believe that the only way to solve political conflicts is through the genuine participation of people from all classes and beliefs. A lasting social peace can only be achieved if the marginalized sectors of society are taken into account and have a defining role in a fair process that strengthens real democracy and equal rights for all. Military seizure of power is a serious political setback and weakens democratic institutions, exacerbating instead of calming social tensions. This situation will only lead to more political violence. We believe that peace is impossible under military rule.
Therefore, we call on the military to:
- Immediately restore democracy and return sovereignty to the Thai people.
- Unconditionally release all detainees regardless of their political affiliations and views.
- Respect human rights and human dignity, and guarantee fundamental civil and political rights for all, in accordance with its international obligations, ceasing courts martial.
- Respect the right of civilians to determine the direction of the country through democratic processes without any further military intervention.
We also urge all political groups and movements to embrace peaceful and collaborative conflict resolution and compromise and to support the restoration of constitutional rule and governance in Thailand based on inclusive and participatory democratic principles and practices.
Alliance of Progressive Labor, Philippines
Alternatives - Canada
Commission for Filipino Migrant Workers
Fairwatch – Italy
Focus on the Global South
Jubilee South - Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JS-APMDD)
RESPECT NETWORK in Europe
Social Movements for an Alternative Asia (SMAA)
Tampadipa Institute, Yangon
Transnational Institute (TNI)
Transnational Migrant Platform
World March of Women – Philippines
Eberto Diaz Montes, Fensuagro, Colombia
Henning Melber, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Sweden
Peter Rosset, CECCA, Mexico
Peter Waterman, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
Roberto Lovato, United States
William Nicholas Gomes, salem-news.com, United Kingdom
Wolfram Schaffar, University of Vienna, Austria
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