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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2018
E-000873/2018
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini

The European Union (EU) is fully aware of the charges against the 39 activists, and has been following the case closely. Since the military coup d'état in May 2014, the EU has continuously urged the Thai authorities to restore civil and political rights and, in particular, to lift restrictions placed on freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly.

In its Conclusions of 11 December 2017, the Foreign Affairs Council(1) reiterated its call for the urgent restoration of the democratic process in Thailand through credible and inclusive elections and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Furthermore, the Council stressed that it will continue to keep its relations with Thailand under review with particular emphasis on the lifting of restrictions on freedom of expression and media as well as on freedom of assembly and association; the lifting of restrictions on activities of political parties and civil society organisations, including the respect and support for the activities of human rights defenders.

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini stressed the importance of a swift return to elections and democratic governance and the lifting of restrictions placed on political activities in her encounter with the Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai on 5 March 2018.

The EU Delegation to Thailand continues to follow the case of the 39 activists locally and regularly raises our concerns in regards to the issues they are advocating for. The latest occasion to do so at high-level was the EU Head of Delegation's meetings with Air Chief Marshal Prajin Janton, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, on 23 February 2018.

(1)http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/12/11/thailand-council-adopts-conclusions/

Last updated: 17 May 2018Legal notice