Kavi and HRW on human rights; Senate to meet on lèse majesté

16 02 2009

Kavi Chongkittavorn writes about the human rights issues that have had considerable attention, domestically and internationally, since the advent of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s Democrat Party-led coalition: abuses in southern Thailand, the ill-treatment of Rohingas and lèse majesté. The Nation, 16 February 2009: “Targeting Abhisit’s Thailand”. Related, on the Rohinga issue, see the interview with Colonel Manas Kongpan, the officer seen by many to be in charge of some of the expulsions, and his denials of mistreatment, BBC News, 13 February 2009: “Thai colonel defends expulsions”. HRW has a new comment on the south, 16 February 2009: “HR Watch: Stop Threatening Activists in the South”

Appointed senator and PAD supporter Kamnoon Sidhisamarn has suggested an extraordinary Senate meeting to discuss the lèse majesté law. Frank G. Anderson has a draft translation at New Mandala. PPT has related posts here and here.


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1 11 2009
Abhisit and ASEAN « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] examples of this. Back in February, Kavi supported Abhisit’s efforts on the repression of Muslims in the South, the handling of the Rohinga issue and lese majeste.  In March, Kavi defended Abhisit on media freedom at the very time that a crackdown was being […]