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30 July 2010 :: 10:07:13 am 33798

Premier Lifts Emergency Decree in Further Six Provinces

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, following a meeting with the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), has lifted the controversial Emergency Decree in a further six provinces on Thursday.
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Bangkok, the 29th of July 2010: Despite the easing of security measures by the government, many detractors still maintain that the use of such restrictive measures on the Thai public while there is no “emergency” is in both contradiction of human rights law and a hindrance to national reconciliation.

Yesterday Premier Abhisit, following a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, agreed to summarily lift the Emergency Decree in a further six provinces. The provinces deemed “safe” included Chon-Buri, Ayutthaya, Nong Bua Lamphu, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan and Chaiyaphum.

The easing of restriction in these provinces came after Deputy PM Thaugsuban, in his capacity as director of the CRES, met to discuss impending threats in the previously 16 provinces under the decree. Mr. Suthep revealed that although there were still minor threats in several provinces (not led by key protest figures) the situation could be controlled by authorities.

Allegedly, the possibility of further violence or destructive behaviour in some provinces has led to the emergency decree remaining in place. At present 10 provinces including Bangkok, remain under the decree. The Emergency Decree specifically bans public gatherings of more than five people and authorises security forces to detain suspects for 30 days without charge.

Many sections of both the government and private sector feel that the emergency decree is grossly violating human rights, especially in regards to the “no charge” detention rule. The National Reform Committee Chairman Anand Panyarachun has urged the government to lift the restrictive laws, which have now caught the attention of international governments and human rights organisations.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abhisit maintains that every possible measure is being taken to ensure the peaceful return to normalcy and the Emergency Decree is only being used as a precaution against further violence.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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