Amnesty attacks Thailand for barring Hong Kong activist

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Hong Kong, Oct 5 (IANS) Amnesty International on Wednesday criticised Thailand for preventing Hong Kong pro-democratic activist Joshua Wong from entering the country to speak to Thai students.

Wong was early on Wednesday barred from entering Thailand and was detained on arrival at the Bangkok International Airport, BBC reported.

The Amnesty said the Thai government must not let its geopolitical interests take precedence over its human rights obligations, Efe news reported.

“The detention and deportation of Joshua Wong are yet another indicator that Thailand’s military government will use any available means to stifle political discourse in the country,” Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Senior Research Adviser for South East Asia and the Pacific, said.

“Thailand’s borders should not be used as tools for suppressing conversations about democracy and other matters of national and global concern,” she added.

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