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Human rights mtg postponed a day



Subject: Human rights mtg postponed a day

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Thai human rights meeting postponed a day

Source: AFP
Date: 20 July 1994
Dateline: Bangkok
Abridged

Human rights meeting postponed

A regional human rights  seminar which the Thai government has
said could jeopardise relations with neighbouring countries
was delayed on Wednesday at a last-minute appeal by the
police. Organisers said they would meet foreign minister
Prasong Soosiri later in the day to try to negotiate for
permission to hold the meeting.

Police ringed the venue of the seminar in the northern
suburbs, but organiser Pairot Poldet, reached by telephone
said that about 20 foreign participants had arrived without
incident at the conference focusing on human rights issues in
Burma and East Timor, Mr Pairot said.

Last week the Thai government announced that it would require
working visas for the foreign participants in non-governmental
organisations, Since such visa must be applied for 30 days in
advance, this would effectively have barred foreigners from
the seminar, but organisers said they would defy the ruling as
foreign NGOs could not be considered workers.