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🇹🇭 Senators Must Follow the Votes of Thai People!











🇹🇭 Senators Must Follow the Votes of Thai People!


#ThailandElection2023 🇹🇭 Move Forward Party won the election but the fight for democracy is far from over!


Pita Limjaroenrat might not be the next democratically elected PM because many of the current senators are refusing to listen to the people's votes!


The people spoke and they want fundamental changes. Stalling the transition to democracy is unacceptable!


Oppression, intimidation, and power mean more to some than the most fundamental democratic principle: the right to choose. Section 114 of the Constitution is clear in showing the importance of listening to people’s wishes and promoting the common interest of the country.


#WeAreManushyan ∞ Equal Human Beings


✊ Manushya stands in solidarity with the people of Thailand who clearly expressed their desire for a new, democratic government, and we will not stop asking the old regime of dinosaurs installed by the military junta to do the right thing and step down!


We are also unconditionally supporting United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, Thaluwang, Mokeluang Rimnam, and other activists calling for democracy, in a letter addressed to the senators who are disregarding one of the most important democratic principles.


While you’re here…


Read more about Thailand’s general elections and our work to support democracy, combating dictatorship, fighting for corporate accountability and climate justice, and powering women leaders, creating a safer, inclusive space online and offline for everyone:


  1. Democracy is Back, May 15, 2023

  2. Manushya’s Exclusive Interview with Kanyakorn “Jib” Suntornprug from United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, May 11, 2023

  3. Manushya’s Exclusive Interview with Sophon “Get” Suraritthamrong from Mokeluang Rimnam activist group, May 8, 2023

  4. #StopDigitalDictatorship Campaign in Southeast Asia to fight against rising digital dictatorship in the region.

  5. #JusticeForPhichit Campaign: We support villagers in Phichit and Phetchabun who have been severely affected by the operations of a gold mining company.

  6. #SaveSabWaiVillagers Campaign: We seek justice for the Sab Wai villagers who are victims of Thailand’s false climate solution criminalizing guardians of the forest.

  7. We Power Feminist Leaders by applying a gender lens to our work to ensure that women human rights defenders have a seat at the table and lead the way towards a more just and equitable world.

  8. We Resource Human Rights Defenders, providing subgrants to marginalized communities impacted by unfair policies and harmful business conduct, and reinforcing their power to defend their rights and create positive change.


References

  1. Nation Thailand, What role will senators play in naming Thailand's next PM?, (17 May 2023), available at: https://www.nationthailand.com/thailand/politics/40027738

  2. Workpoint Today, Election 2023, Opinions of Senators who will and will not vote for PM, (16 May 2023), available at: https://workpointtoday.com/opinion-of-the-senator/

  3. Reuters, Revelry follows Thai opposition Move Forward's lead in elections, (14 May 2023), available at: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/sensational-revelry-follows-thai-opposition-move-forwards-lead-elections-2023-05-14/

  4. The Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand, available at: https://cdc.parliament.go.th/draftconstitution2/ewt_dl_link.php?nid=1038&filename=index

  5. Bangkok Post, Pita announces 8-party coalition plan, (18 May 2023), available at: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/2573332/pita-announces-8-party-coalition-plan

  6. Bhumjaithai Party, Bhumjaithai Party does not support a PM candidate with the policy to amend or abolish Article 112, (17 May 2023), available at: https://www.facebook.com/bhumjaithaiparty/posts/pfbid034vkC9cwYdevFnHo8eom2S7TjfBGtsxxT489DV8NuomVHSWs4Kn3yV5Y6uhMSJkWcl











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