Thai system ‘fails human rights supporters!’ Elite establishment failed? or Democracy failed?

Redshirts at Democracy monument. First victims...

Redshirts at Democracy monument. First victims (the coffins are just symbolic), nobody inside. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here in Thailand, the elite establishment has to put on a “Face Mask” to hide their ugliness, on the inside. One “Face Mask” the elite establishment puts on, is to say they stand for human rights. Take Bangkok Post, in covering a seminar on Human Rights, the Bangkok Post exclusively focus its coverage of the Tak Bai and Drug War killings, as related to human rights. Of course, those tragic incident occurred during the Thaksin administration. However, as tragic the situation was, Bangkok Pundit blog, proved beyond any doubt, there were never 1,000s or even 100s killed in the Thaksin drug war, and that the Takbai incident, was a tragic military operational mistake.

In that Bangkok Post report on the Tak Bai and Drug War killings, Bangkok Post headlined the article: System ‘fails rights supporters’  and the article was about those fighting for justice, in the Tak Bai incident and the Drug War, are seeing their rights trampled. Here at Thai Intel, we are all for bringing justice to the Tak Bai and Drug War killings, but justice must be based on facts. And all “Real and True” not “Fake” Human Rights supporters and defenders, must be protected. That is a standard, that Bangkok Post should ralize, applies to all and every situation.

The following is a fact, about “A Fake Human Rights Defender” being the Thai Human Rights Commission, that Bangkok Post never acknowledge the commission as fake. Furthermore, the Bangkok Post never reported, story, such as the following. The conclusion is, the Bangkok Post, being part of the elite establishment, is like the elite establishment it serves, just simply, putting on “A Mask” and hiding its ugliness.

 Khao Sod English reports;

The mother of volunteer medic slain in the 2010 military crackdown on the Redshirts protests met with the chairwoman of the Thai human rights committee today and asked her to push for a bail release for the Redshirts currently imprisoned for their alleged crimes during the protests. Ms. Payao Akhard, the mother of Ms. Kamonmate Akhard (′Nurse Kate′), has been campaigning for a legal prosecution which would have held the military and the government at the time accountable for over 90 deaths in the political violence of April-May 2010.Earlier this morning she met with Ms. Amara Pongpapitchaya, chairwoman of National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) at the committee′s headquarters. At the meeting, Ms. Payao pleaded for the right to be released on bails on behalf of the imprisoned Redshirts.According to Ms. Payao, the incarcerated protesters deserve the rights to a fair trial outside prison. She added that the prisoners had been “suffering from many difficulties” in the jails. “They are not convicts. They just the accused,” the activist said, “They should be allowed the chance to fight in the legal process. Whether they are right or wrong is the matter to be seen” Ms. Payao also criticised the perceived bias in which Redshirts are denied bail release, whereas members of the rival Yellowshirts are routinely granted bail as they contest their political charges.

Therefore, she said, she would like to see the NHRC pushing for a speedy release of these political prisoners, as the the Committee is directly responsible for upholding human rights, regardless of the “colours”. She stressed she was not meeting with Ms. Amara to protest her much-criticised report on the 2010 violence, in which much of the blame is delegated to the Redshirts instead of the authorities, saying “I understand there are bound to be contested points [in the report], but I am here today for a specific issue: for the release of the political prisoners”. At the end of the meeting, Ms. Amara promised Ms. Payao that the Commitee would look into the matter, and assuring her that it is within the ability of the NHRC to push for the prisoners′ release. However, Ms. Amara said the process would not cover all protesters, as those who “committed criminal acts” would not be released.


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