AI on human rights abuses

30 01 2020

A few days ago we criticized The Economist Intelligence Unit and its 2019 Democracy Index. We thought it ridiculously positive in its assessment of Thailand as a “flawed democracy.”

Writing of a Thailand that is nothing like The EIU’s Thailand, Amnesty International has issued its Human Rights in Asia-Pacific: Review of 2019 and begins its Thailand section:

Activists, academics, opposition politicians, and human rights defenders were arrested, detained and prosecuted for peacefully expressing their views on the government and monarchy. The government maintained systematic and arbitrary restrictions on human rights, including by passing a new cybersecurity law. Refugees and asylum-seekers were vulnerable to arrest, detention, deportation, and rendition.

That sounds far more realistic approach to Thailand than that by the EIU. And, in reading the AI report, the matter-of-fact expression of political repression and abuse of human rights makes the EIU ranking seem entirely nonsensical.

AI’s Thailand report is just three pages, so worth reading in full.


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