All parties implicated in a new United Nations’ report about abuses of children during armed conflict should call an immediate halt to these crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. The UN secretary-general’s annual report on children in armed conflict was released on July 1, 2014.
The Thai military authorities should immediately provide information about the whereabouts of an opposition activist arrested by soldiers on May 28, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Instead of revealing her place of detention, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) military junta included her name on a June 17 list of people summoned to report to the authorities by June 18 or face arrest.
The Norwegian government’s leadership to promote international standards to protect schools and universities from military use during armed conflict could spare students and teachers the horrors of war, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack said today. Countries around the globe should work with Norway to support this initiative. Norway’s announcement on June 13, 2014 was contained in its new white paper on global education.
The Thai military authorities should immediately confirm the location of a political activist secretly held for nearly two weeks and free her unless she is charged with a credible offense, Human Rights Watch said today. The military junta should cease carrying out arbitrary arrests and detentions, including apparent forced disappearances.
The Thai military junta should immediately revoke its order to prosecute civilians in military courts, Human Rights Watch said today. The military should end its arrests of individuals engaged in peaceful protest or criticism of the May 22, 2014 military coup or the imposition of martial law.
Armed Thai soldiers raided the Bangkok house of human rights defender Sukanya Prueksakasemsuk and arrested her and her son, Panitan Prueksakasemsuk, Human Rights Watch said today. They have since gone missing. The Thai military junta, the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC), has provided no information as to their whereabouts, raising grave concerns about a possible enforced disappearance.
The Thai military’s imposition of nationwide martial law is effectively a coup that threatens the human rights of all Thais, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States and other influential governments should call for the immediate restoration of civilian rule and an end to censorship.