Thailand [JURIST news archive] has been under martial law since the Thai military seized power from Thaksin in a bloodless coup [JURIST report] in September. The defense minister had indicated that Thailand was concerned that key allies, including the US and Japan, would be "more comfortable" if martial law was lifted before the summit. The US urged Thailand to lift martial law [JURIST report] last month, pulling almost $24 million in funding from the Thai government. AFP has more. The Bangkok Post has local coverage.
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