UNCT releases statement calling all sides to refrain from violence


BANGKOK, 2 February 2014, -The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Thailand has released a statement on January 31, expressing their concerns over Thailand’s current political situation. The UNCT is calling on all interested parties to denounce all forms of violence. 

The UNCT in Thailand has raised concerns over the growing number of violent political confrontations, which have led to losses of life and many injuries; the body has also extended its condolences to the victims.

It reminded Thailand of the country’s commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, urging all parties to respect other people’s rights to “take part in the conduct of public affairs,” and “to vote and be elected at genuine periodic elections”.

However, it admitted that the current situation is rather complex and difficult to deal with. Therefore, it is necessary that Thailand build genuine consensus around key reform issues in an inclusive and informed manner.