Freedom House Condemns Coup in Thailand

Washington

In response to the Thai army’s seizure of political power in the 12th coup d’état since Thailand became a constitutional monarchy in 1932, Freedom House released the following statement:

“Freedom House strongly condemns the Thai army’s seizure of power and urges General Prayuth Chan-ocha to immediately return full civilian control of the Thai government, release government and opposition representatives taken into custody, and rescind the nationwide order of martial law,” said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. “Once civilian rule is restored, the caretaker government should proceed with plans to hold national elections as soon as possible, so that the Thai people can legitimately determine a solution to the political crisis at the ballot box.”

Thailand is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Thailand, visit:
Freedom in the World 2013: Thailand
Freedom of the Press 2013: Thailand
Freedom on the Net 2013: Thailand
Blog: Freedom at Issue

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