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'Fundamental rights at stake'

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GENEVA - "Stability and reconciliation can hardly be achieved in Thailand if human rights guarantees are neglected," a group of United Nations (UN) independent experts said on Friday, while urging the current authorities to reverse all measures affecting basic rights and to restore democratic rule in the country. 

In moments of political crisis and turbulence, it is crucial to promote the full respect of the rule of law, the human rights experts stressed.

The various limitations to fundamental rights put in place since the military assumed control of the country and the constitution was suspended are deeply disturbing, they noted. Reportedly numerous individuals remain arbitrarily detained, and unacceptable restrictions continue to be imposed on freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

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