New York

27 November 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Thailand

The Secretary-General has followed closely the events in Thailand over the last few weeks and is concerned by the rising political tensions in Bangkok. 
The Secretary-General calls on all sides to exercise the utmost restraint, refrain from the use of violence and to show full respect for the rule of law and human rights.  He notes in this regard the Government’s welcome assurances that it will continue to respect the rights of people to hold peaceful demonstrations.  The Secretary-General is concerned about reports of government institutions being occupied by the protesters.
The Secretary-General strongly encourages all concerned to resolve their differences through genuine dialogue and peaceful means.