Military coup in Thailand condemned by top UN officials

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Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The rule of law in Thailand needs to be restored and human rights ensured, according to the head of the United Nations human rights office.

On Friday, Navi Pillay condemned a military coup in Thailand by the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC), the new body that has seized power from the caretaker government.

She said martial law has been imposed, the constitution suspended, and emergency measures are preventing human rights.

Ms Pillay explained announcements made by NPOMC include the censorship of all media outlets, closure of TV and radio stations, restrictions on internet and the prohibition of political gatherings of more than five people.

She noted that senior politicians and civilians are being detained by the military, and urged their immediate release.

On Thursday the UN Secretary-General also appealed for a prompt return to democratic rule and a dialogue that will pave the way for long-term peace in Thailand.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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