Updated: Protest via Amnesty International USA

17 04 2010

Update: The action link has now been removed from the AI website.


PPT missed this earlier in the week, and we need to bring it to readers’ attention. Amnesty International’s USA office has posted this call for action at their Take Action Online site:

No excessive force against protesters in Thailand

Take Action On This Issue

On Saturday, April 10, 2010, Thai state security forces began a crackdown against red-shirted protestors of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship in Bangkok. Reports indicate that security forces used water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition against protestors. As of April 13, 2010, a reported 21 people,including four security agents, were killed and over 800 injured. Call on the authorities to refrain from using unnecessary or excessive force against protesters.

They then ask people to sign up for a personal letter to Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. PPT urges readers to join this expression of concern.

One reason PPT is pleased to see this call is that AI has been awful on human rights issues in Thailand (other than on the south) since the coup in 2006. One reason for this is that its people in Thailand have been dominated by pro-yellow shirt activists. That appears to continue to be the case, so AIUSA is to be applauded for standing up for human rights.

For earlier commentary on AI and Thailand see here, here, here, here, here, here and here. It is a long and sorry tale.



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