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Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has said that military courts are being used instead of civilian courts to prosecute cases related to national security, saying that the current situation in Thailand is not normal.
After the country submitted its human rights report to the United Nations last week, Gen Prayut explained that every UN member state, including Thailand, is required to submit this report every four-and-a-half years.
The government has asked the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to report the achievements of previous Thai governments in dealing with human rights issues. According to the UNHRC, the previous administration was only able to implement 20% of what the UN body had suggested. As for the use of military courts, the premier said the government has always been careful about how it deals with lawbreakers.
Continuous efforts have been made to clarify doubts regarding the human rights situation in Thailand to the international community. Gen Prayut ensured that in this endeavor, evidence has not been fabricated, nor have human rights been violated in the use of military courts.
He urged the Thai media to help convey an accurate understanding of the country’s current situation. Following a recent visit by the US Ambassador Glyn T. Davies to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gen Prayut said it was his right to express his views.