On August 5th, 2016, the US Government delivered a response to a We the People petition started on May 18th, 2016 regarding the unjust case being brought against Most Venerable Dhammajayo, a Buddhist monk and abbot of the largest Buddhist temple in Thailand, the Dhammakaya Temple. Here is an excerpt:
The President has made clear that our nation’s commitment to respecting and promoting human rights does not stop on our shores. In an address to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations earlier this year, the President stressed the importance of this fundamental principle:
“The United States will continue to stand with those across Southeast Asia who are working to advance rule of law, good governance, accountable institutions and the universal human rights of all people.
Across the region, we’ll continue to stand with citizens and civil society and defend their freedom of speech, of assembly and of the press. No one, including those in political opposition, should ever be detained or imprisoned simply for speaking their mind. That only stymies progress, only makes it harder for countries to truly thrive and prosper.”
The State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok continue to promote freedom of religion or belief throughout Thailand and emphasize the importance of respecting the human rights of all persons. The State Department is aware of this matter and is following its developments. We cannot, however, comment here on the specific ongoing matter raised in your petition.
To see the full statement, click here.