Thailand: Joint letter on the concerns regarding the right to peaceful assembly

We, the 13 undersigned organizations, write to express our concern regarding violence and the ex-cessive use of force by police at recent protests in Bangkok. We are troubled by the disproportionate response of riot police to provocations by protesters. We are also concerned by the arbitrary deten-tion of protest leaders who have recently faced new criminal charges and have been denied bail and detained. Thailand needs to do more to protect protesters from violence and ensure that the public can safely exercise the right to peaceful assembly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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