• Activist Ekachai Hongkangwan

World rights body warns of ‘turn for the worse’

Breaking News April 03, 2019 11:47

By The Nation

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New York-based Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Thai authorities to investigate renewed attacks on prominent pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkangwan and others.



New York-based Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Thai authorities to investigate renewed attacks on prominent pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkangwan and others.

Ekachai’s car was torched on Monday night after he publicly called for Election Commission members to be impeached.

He accused them of seeking to ensure that junta leader General Prayut Chan-o-cha remains in office as prime minister after the March 24 election.

On Sunday two unidentified assailants broke into the Samut Prakan home of activist Anurak Jeantawanich and beat him up. 

Anurak, who had attended the same protest as Ekachai, suffered minor injuries.

“The environment for Thailand’s pro-democracy activists appears to be taking a turn for the worse,” said Brad Adams, Asia director for Human Rights Watch. 

“It’s crucial for Thai authorities to fully investigate these incidents, bring the attackers to justice and act promptly to end the deepening climate of fear.”

Ekachai has been repeatedly targeted for more than a year in what appear to be reprisals for his strong public criticism of the ruling junta.

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