Thailand faces ‘moment of shame’

BANGKOK: Thailand faces a “moment of shame” when the UN Human Rights Council reviews its rights record on Wednesday, a rights group said, amid fresh arrests of online critics accused of criticising the junta.

The crackdown comes as Thailand’s military government prepares to put a widely criticised military-written constitution to the public in August.

The military seized power in a May 2014 coup saying it had to end a bitter cycle of political unrest that had rocked Thailand since 2006 when the army ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Rights groups say the junta has tightened its grip on power and severely repressed rights in the past year.