CALD Resolution No. 3 S. 2016

August 7, 2016 5:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

CALD Resolution No. 3 S. 2016 

CALD resolution expressing concern on the process leading to the upcoming referendum on the draft Thai constitution, and urging the Thai government to foster genuine commitment in making Thailand a functioning democracy

The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD):

Aware that on 7 August 2016, Thailand will hold a referendum on the new constitution drafted by a military-appointed committee;

Concerned that the drafting of the new constitution was not carried out in a democratic and inclusive manner that would have encouraged commitment among all the stakeholders involved;

Troubled that some of the provisions in the draft constitution could undermine basic human rights and parliamentary independence, not to mention the possible risks emanating from the use of emergency powers;

Alarmed that there have been cases of intimidation, harassment, and arrests against those who criticize and oppose the draft, and even against those who just want an open and free discussion about the proposed charter;

Hereby:

Urges the Thai government to respect, and even promote, any form of campaigns, discussions, and open debates to help keep the public informed about the draft constitution; to allow international election monitoring groups to observe freely the referendum voting process; and to pursue a more reconciliatory and inclusive approach in its next steps after the referendum results become known;

Reiterates the call of the international community to retract any form of restrictions that inhibits free expression and freedom of assembly;

Echoes the call of former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, a CALD Executive Committee Member, that the draft constitution is “depriving the people of their right to participate in the political process” and that if it fails, Prime Minister Prayut “must seek to reassess, listen to public, and maintain reforms at hand;”

Trusts that the Thai people would remain vigilant against possible violations of their rights and freedoms before, during and after the referendum;

Believes that Thailand deserves nothing less than a government democratically elected by the people; a government that works for national, not sectoral or parochial interests; and a government that truly respects democratic institutions and processes.

For the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats:

Oyun's e signature

Oyun Sanjaasuren, MP
Chairperson
Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats
4 August 2016

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