Joint declaration on the 15th anniversary of the September 19 2006 coup by the Association of Thai Students in Europe for Liberal Democracy and fifteen allied movements
Numerous examples throughout history have shown that a coup d’état is not, and could never be, an acceptable event in a democratic process of any civilised country. The September 19th coup failed to provide grounds for reconciliation, and on the contrary plunged Thailand into an era of even more fractured, disjointed politics which has lasted to this day. The unaccountability of the putschists violated the very essence of popular sovereignty and rule of law.
In order to restore the principles of democracy, the rule of law and out of respect for Thai citizens, the Association of Thai Students in Europe for Liberal Democracy and our fifteen allied movements renew our strongest condemnation of the coup and issue the following demands towards Thai authorities :
- Affirm the demands of pro-democracy protesters in Thailand, calling for the resignation of PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha and all of the 250 members of the appointed Senate.
- Reinstate the 1997 “People’s Constitution” previously abrogated by the 2006 Coup.
- Demand the judiciary to declare the illegality of acts pertaining to the seizure of power, and that responsible authorities arrest and convict putschists for their attacks against the democratic nature of the state, in order to serve as a precedent for the respect of the rule of law and to break the vicious cycle of coups d’état and hybrid regimes.
สื่อศาล สำนักงานศาลปกครอง สำนักงานอัยการสูงสุด OAGTH สำนักงานตำรวจแห่งชาติ