Human rights? What chance?

21 12 2009

Prachatai (21 December 2009: “A human rights subcommittee comprised of police”) has an important report from the Asian Human Rights Commission on the constitution of the Thailand National Human Rights Commission sub-committees. Read the report at Prachatai as it says much about the control of human rights in Thailand.

Think about it. One of the the sub-committees deals with the  administration of justice (e.g. police abuses). The” new commission’s mandate appears to be aimed at protecting the perpetrators of abuses rather than the victims.” A former police assistant commissioner general heads this sub-committee. Of 18 posts on the sub-committee, “around half have been filled by or are designated for government officials and commission staff.” These include two other policemen and an army general.


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