Don’t Allow Military to Take Control of Country


Target: General Prayuth Chan-ocha, head of Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand

Goal: Stop Thai military from violating human rights by taking control of country

The Thai military junta was established after General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Commander of the Royal Thai Army, staged a coup d’état and effectively dissolved the presiding government and senate, inaugurating Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order, or NCPO, as the ruling body in the country. General Chan-ocha then proclaimed the 2014 interim constitution on July 22, 2014, which consisted of a 48-section document without public consultation or examination. A constitution is, by definition, a body of fundamental principles for governance. How can precedents established in this interim constitution be just if no Thai citizen outside of the NCPO had a say? The answer: they’re not.

The interim constitution gives extensive and unaccountable power, masked by legal justification, to the now ruling NCPO. Under sections 44 to 47, the NCPO is essentially granted the authority to limit, suspend, and suppress basic human rights. Specifically, section 44 allows the NCPO to assert any command and conduct any act that the military deems appropriate, blatantly disregarding any human rights or protections. Similarly, those violating human rights are exempt from prosecution, as any individual carrying out orders and actions on behalf of the NCPO escapes culpability.

Sections 6, 30, and 32 ensure a closed and undemocratic political system under the military junta, and several other elements continue to grant liberties to the military that abuses power, excuses responsibility, and violates the human rights of Thai citizens.

Reverse this unfair, undemocratic, and draconian interim constitution: human rights must by respected and upheld in Thailand.


Dear General Prayuth Chan-ocha and King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand,

The interim constitution that the National Council for Peace and Order has established is in direct violation of fundamental human rights. While you have included section 4 in the document, which ambiguously recognizes some primary human rights, your flagrant abuse of power pervades throughout the sections. You grant your party the ability to limit, suspend, and suppress basic human rights protections of Thai citizens, while excusing the rights violators and party members of responsibility and culpability.

Your interim constitution must be rewritten immediately to reflect the integrity of Thailand’s democratic history. The international community is entirely aware that you are violating the human rights of your citizens, and immediate action must be taken to reverse this injustice.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Vinai Dithajohn via Wikimedia Commons

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