PM vows to fight 'undemocratic minds'
- Published: 9/09/2013 at 08:29 PM
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Thailand's road toward democracy remains fraught with challenges, but threats to such progress are unacceptable and must be fought, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said in a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra tours the office of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, where she delivered a speech on Monday. (Government House photo)
"Thailand has also gone through challenges to defend our democracy over the decades. The journey has not been smooth, and even today, I still have to defend democracy from undemocratic minds," the prime minister said in her speech in Geneva.
"We cannot and should not accept any undemocratic changes. And we must continue to support democratic values by protecting peoples rights and liberties," she added.
The premier's comments echoed statements made in her controversial speech to a democracy forum in Mongolia in April, when she strongly urged sanctions and international pressure if Thai democracy were ever collapsed by "anti-democratic regimes".
Ms Yingluck is on an European trip to Switzerland, Italy, the Vatican and Montenegro until next Sunday.