Further updated: Some items from readers

18 05 2010

We at PPT are still struggling to keep up with all of the information available. In this post we list some of the posts and articles our readers have sent in. We have several other posts timed for the next few hours.

*The Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok, at one of the conflict zones, is not accepting reservations until 24 May, when a 3500 baht room is the cheapest available. Do they know something or are they guessing?

*The Bangkok Post has a story about Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd of CRES apparently claiming that anyone shooting at civilians must be a red shirt. This will undoubtedly be claimed more regularly in the future as the government seeks to allocate blame to others, again raising the men in black claims.

*A reader points to a CSM story by former foreign minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon, where he raises the specter of an International Criminal Court inquiry into Thailand’s killings, sounding a little like Thaksin Shinawatra’s recently-hired international lawyers.

*Several readers have pointed to this blog by a doctoral student as well worth reading.

*Also, readers point to red shirt defiance in this report from The Independent by Andrew Buncombe at Seh Daeng’s funeral.

Updates:

*A reader has sent a link to this post by the Asian Centre for Human Rights. It makes a point PPT made more than a month ago: “The international community’s silence in the face of a human rights catastrophe.” It concludes in this way:

International community must intervene for a negotiated solution

International concern about the situation in Thailand has been strikingly muted and mainly restricted to travel warnings. The UN Secretary General has expressed his concern. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has rejected suggestions of UN mediation as interference in internal affairs. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had earlier already rejected the offer of mediation by President Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor. The demand of the Red Shirts for UN mediation too was rejected.

The international community including the OHCHR and relevant Special Procedures mandate holders must raise concern over the use of excessive force by the Thai authorities and the risk of even wider human rights violations in Thailand. They must remind the Thai Government of its international human rights obligations. They must urge the government to return to negotiation able. It must not wait for a massacre.

The United Nations Human Rights Council on its part must hold a Special Session on the situation of human rights in Thailand. It must not be once again a victim of politicisation and selectivity.

*Life has some interesting photos.

Former foreign minister of Thailand weighs in on Thailand’s crisis.


By Kantathi Suphamongkhon


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