Article 19’s submission the UN
Given the expertise and scope of activities of ARTICLE 19, this submission focuses on Thailand’s compliance with its international human rights obligations in protecting the right to freedom of expression and right to freedom of information. Thailand is a party to the ICCPR. The new 2007 Thai Constitution provides a series of protections for freedom of expression and information, including a whistleblower protection (Article 62), which makes Thailand one of the small handful of countries that protects those who provide information in suspicion of the conduct of government in their constitutions. In practice however, the Thai government falls short of meeting its obligations. In particular, since 2006 following the political unrest, the government has tightened its grip on freedom of expression in broadcast, internet and other mediums, and has used a regime of legislations to stifle political debates. The major issues of ARTICLE 19’s concern are:
- Government use of emergency powers to suppress freedom of expression;
- Restrictions on the right to freedom of expression on the internet;
- Use of defamation and lèse-majesté laws to silence critics;
- Failure of the government to effectively implement the Official Information Act;
- Control of media by the military and government.
Read the full Article 19 submission here