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UN addresses human rights defenders' concerns in Thailand
AFAR
5/27/2003

Ms. Hina Jilani, a special United Nations envoy, is currently in Thailand to boost human rights.

To the surprise of many, there was no talk of the killing of the more than 2,000 people during its three-month crackdown on drugs.

Instead, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, Ms. Jilani spoke about Thai laws protecting human rights and freedom of expression.

Human rights groups there have recently claimed that Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's administration is slowly but definitely obstructing those freedoms.

But in a meeting with the UN representative, the Thai leader was quick to admit that although activists must be monitored, they are free to conduct their activities. Ms. Jilani is also expected to examine the legal structure and institutional arrangements for protection and implementation of human rights in China.

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