Security law Imposition for ASEAN Summit

ASEAN Summit

ASEAN Summit

The 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related summits are scheduled to be officially held during 23-25 October 2009 in Thailand (See Thailand Hotels)’s Cha-am (See Cha-am Hotels) and Hua Hin (See Hua Hin Hotels) districts of Phetchaburi (See Phetchaburi Hotels) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (See Prachuap Khiri Khan Hotels) provinces. It is considered a good opportunity for Thailand to host the international summit in two consecutive times despite the fact that the previous meeting was disrupted by the anti-government United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters in April last year, which caused the Thai government to cancel the 14th ASEAN Summit with dialogue partners in Pattaya (See Pattaya Hotels) , Chon Buri (See Chon Buri Hotels).

At this juncture, Thailand, as the host country and Chair of the 15th ASEAN Summit has stepped up its effort to come up with precautionary security measures to avoid the recurrence of disturbances by invoking the Internal Security Act to maintain peace and order during the upcoming summit. Earlier on 6 October, 2009, the Thai government resolved to approve the Internal Security Act enforcement at the two meeting venues in Cha-am (See Cha-am Hotels) and Hua Hin (See Hua Hin Hotels) districts of Phetchaburi (See Phetchaburi Hotels) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (See Prachuap Khiri Khan Hotels) provinces to prevent unprecedented disruption like the previous 14th ASEAN Summit, which the government at the time decided to declare a state of emergency to handle the chaotic situation. Let’s take a look at the differences and similarities of the above-mentioned two security laws, the Internal Security Act and the Emergency Decree?

The two laws have been applied in different ways, the Emergency Decree will be normally adopted after the end of the unrest to keep the situation under control and back to normalcy like the incident during the 14th ASEAN Summit in April this year. The Prime Minister has full authority to invoke the Emergency Decree at any time to control the protesting crowds under legal framework and the operation of security officials will be protected by law in case of prosecution. On the other hand, the Internal Security Act will be activated ahead of the event in an attempt to prevent untoward and unrest situations. This type of the security law required clear implementation plans under legal procedure, Cabinet‘s approval before official use as well as the briefings to the Parliament on the result of the Internal Security Act upon completion.

The Thai Government, as the chair of ASEAN and the host of 15th the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related summits must not only show strong leadership and high potential in the eyes of the world community but also make great effort to get all preparations and proceedings organized for the upcoming meetings in two weeks ahead. It anticipated that the imposition of the Internal Security Act during the 15th ASEAN Meeting will restore the confidence and allay concerns towards Thailand (See Thailand Hotels)’s internal affairs amongst participating ASEAN leaders and dialogue partners. As the host country, all Thai people besides the government, will play a vital role in jointly welcoming incoming ASEAN neighbors and hosting the international meetings as well.

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