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Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014

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Uncertainty over rights talk after warning from military

The Nation/ANN | Pravit Rojanaphruk | Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014

"The topic is risky. Can it be postponed?" - that was the way that Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, director of the Cross Cultural Foundation, recalled how a representative of the National Council for Peace and Order put it to one organiser.

The event, organised by rights groups and due to be held at the Foreign Correspondents' Club this afternoon, was entitled "Access to Justice in Thailand: Currently Unavailable".

It was planned to include a report to be launched today and a panel discussion with Pornpen as one of the four members.

The three other panellists named were Sam Zariff from the International Commission of Jurists and Pawinee Chumsri, representing the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.

Sunai Phasuk, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, was listed as moderator of the event, prepared by the Cross Cultural Foundation, Amnesty International Thailand and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.

Pornpen acknowledged that the organisers, who met later in the afternoon to discuss the matter, were divided on whether to try to push ahead with the programme and take a risk, but no decision had been reached as of press time.

The event was also set to hear a presentation from a representative of the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights on the rights situation in Thailand over the 100 days since the coup.

The NCPO representative who phoned the organiser did not specify when the event could be held.

"Perhaps until there's democracy," Pornpen said, with a dark laugh.

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