Resignation of Thai Prime Minister Should Lead to Peaceful Electoral Change

Washington

In response to Thailand's Constitutional Court finding Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty in an abuse-of-power case, forcing the prime minister's resignation, Freedom House released the following statement:

"With the decision by Thailand's Constitutional Court to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Freedom House calls for restraint from all sides ahead of upcoming pro-government demonstrations this weekend," said Susan Corke, director of Southeast Asia and Eurasia programs at Freedom House. "We urge the Thai government to respect the right of demonstrators to peacefully protest and all demonstrators to refrain from violence."

"Protests play an important role in the democratic process, but we hope all sides will embrace elections rather than protracted street protests as the mechanism for legitimate political change," Corke said. "Freedom House urges Thailand to hold the national elections scheduled for July 20 and for the opposition party to participate, to ensure that elections are not only free and fair, but valid in the eyes of Thai people."

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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