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Your Say, Your Charter

Aug 01. 2016
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By Juthathip Lucksanawong
THE NA

ANGKHANA NEELAPHAIJIT, NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION COMMISSIONER

As a human-rights activist, I would have to adjust myself a lot. I am not familiar with a constitution that devalues human rights. Under this draft, social welfare and the right to access resources would depend on the state to design this. 
As the draft does not guarantee the rights of people, we perhaps have to unwillingly accept anything that the state provides to us. 
 

YINGCHEEP ATCHANON, PROJECT MANAGER FOR INTERNET DIALOGUE ON LAW REFORM (ILAW) 

The passing of the charter would make my life busier for years to come. The National Council for Peace and Order would prolong its tenure. We would likely see more and more arbitrary use of power by the junta. And iLaw has to keep an eye on this, such as on the arbitrary arrests of dissenters or the promulgation of a large number of laws. 
 

NUTCHANART THANTHONG, CHIEF OF THE THAI SLUM COMMUNITY GROUP IN SAMUT PRAKAN PROVINCE

If the draft passes the referendum, I am afraid my rights to healthcare would be compromised. Under this draft, the country would become more of a bureaucratic state, which could be clouded with red tape. People could not access the state’s services easily. 
 

WATCHARIN SUTHALAWADEE, A CHIEF OF MUANG UDON THANI DISTRICT 

This draft has clear rules and regulations governing government officers. The clear law would facilitate officers like me to work more easily as we have clear rules to abide by. 

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