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UN rights chief slams Thai junta's use of repressive law

UN rights chief, human rights groups criticize Thai junta's decision to invoke repressive law

UN rights chief slams Thai junta's use of repressive law

BANGKOK (AP) -- The United Nations has joined international rights groups in criticizing a decision by Thailand's military government to invoke a law that gives the junta chief near-absolute authority without any accountability.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Thursday that giving junta chief and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha unfettered authority leaves the door open to serious violations of human rights.

Prayuth on Wednesday lifted martial law, which he imposed shortly before taking power in a coup last year, and instead invoked Article 44 of a junta-imposed interim constitution, which allows him to take any measures to keep public order. Thai officials said martial law was lifted because of foreign pressure.


Updated : 2021-09-23 11:21 GMT+08:00