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Pro-democracy body calls on UN to look into Thailand’s ‘military govt in disguise’

Sep 24. 2019
Credit: Jaran Ditapichai/Kritsada Akkhapracha  Facebook
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By The Nation

The Association of Thai Democrats without Borders’ president Jaran Ditapichai wrote to the United Nations on Monday (September 23) asking it to look into the government of General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Jaran personally dropped the missive at a letterbox near the UN headquarters in New York and recorded the action with a selfie next to an anti-government sign saying: “Don’t Let Democracy Die in Thailand!” 

Prayut was in New York on Monday to attend a UN meeting themed “Galvanising Multilateral Efforts for Poverty Eradication, Quality Education, Climate Change and Inclusion”. 

In the letter addressed to the UN, Jaran described the administration as a military government in disguise, which has direct control over several state institutions such as the Senate, the Constitutional Court, Criminal Courts and the Election Commission. The pro-democracy association also called on the UN to seek a “Thailand Status Update on Current Political Situation”. 

Meanwhile, Prayut met expat Thai supporters living in New York.

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