Rally to Protest Media Silenced and Dozens Detained During Thailand Military Crackdown

Press Release
May 29, 2014

Rally to Protest Media Silenced and Dozens Detained During Thailand Military Crackdown

Contact: Gabe Cahn, West End Strategy Team, gabe@westendstrategy.com, 202.776.7700, c: 202.412.1678, @AIUSAmedia

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Amnesty International USA is holding a rally outside the Embassy of Thailand in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 5, 2014 to protest the country's military crackdown.

Thailand's military declared martial law and took over power on May 22nd. Since then, dozens of politicians, activists, journalists, academics and demonstrators have been detained after being arrested without a warrant. Hundreds of others are at risk of arbitrary detention. Reports suggest that a number of those already in detention are being held incommunicado - with no access to lawyers, courts or relatives - in unknown locations.

Authorities are issuing orders and instituting measures violating the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. The terms of these orders are so broad that they may facilitate the wrongful imprisonment of persons for peaceful acts of dissent. Those arrested face military trials.

EVENT:           Amnesty International USA Protest Against Thai Military Coup
DATE/TIME:    Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION:     Embassy of Thailand:
                      1024 Wisconsin Ave NW,
                       Washington, D.C. 20007

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million members in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.