The New York-based Human Rights Watch is accusing Thailand’s junta of gutting an already weak National Human Rights Commission by combining it with the country’s ombudsman’s office. In truth, the Commission has never been very effective. It has been filled with members selected by non-democratic institutions and cowed by a long succession of military governments and advocates from the palace. Whatever Human Rights Watch’s concerns, it was even less likely that the new constitution would provide additional protections.

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