Thailand: Restrictive environment for human rights: Amnesty International submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review, May 2016
In this submission Amnesty International expresses concern that the Thai authorities have enhanced their powers to act without judicial or parliamentary oversight and have restricted the rights to redress, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and fair trial. Other concerns raised include arbitrary and incommunicado detention, thereby facilitating torture and other ill-treatment. Human rights defenders are subject to prosecution, harassment, killings and enforced disappearance, and while no executions have taken place, the scope of the death penalty has been increased. Asylum-seekers and refugees remain vulnerable to arbitrary detention in poor conditions and some have been subject to refoulement.