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Amnesty International: Thailand referendum marred by human rights violations

08 August 2016

Thailand’s referendum on a draft constitution that took place on 7 August against a backdrop of pervasive human rights violations that have created a chilling climate, Amnesty International said today.

In the context of the referendum, the authorities have arbitrarily arrested scores of people, have cancelled or disrupted peaceful assemblies and took off the air a television station in recent weeks, marking just the most recent undue restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.

“If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum?” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for South East Asia and the Pacific.

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