Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thailand opposes Bangkok launch for Vietnam human rights report

Thailand objected to the use of Bangkok to launch a report denouncing Vietnam's human rights record and has reportedly revoked the visa of the main author, sources said Sunday.

The Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights planned a press conference Monday at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) to publish the report titled From Rhetoric to Reality: Human Rights in Vietnam.

Thailand's Foreign Ministry objected to the event, and it is unclear whether it will be held.

"While the Royal Thai government attaches great importance to the principles of freedom of expression and diversity of views, it also has a longstanding position of not allowing organisations and/or persons to use Thailand as a place to conduct activities detrimental to other countries," ministry spokesman Thani Thongpaksi said in a letter to the press club.

"I therefore hope that the FCCT will respect this position and not allow its premises to be used for such activities," he said.

The press conference was to be held by Vietnam Committee on Human Rights chairman Vo Van Ai and vice president Penelope Faulkner.

Source: The Nation

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