Giles Ji Ungpakorn on the NHRC, Abhisit, and flip-flops

6 10 2010

PPT has posted several times (here and here) this week about the case of Ms. Amornwan Charoenkij, the female flip-flop seller in Ayutthaya who was arrested last Sunday for selling flip-flops with a picture of Abhisit’s face and the text “People died at Ratchaprasong” on them. Giles Ji Ungpakorn has issued a communique about this incident in relation to the failure of the National Human Rights Commission in Thailand to actually protect the human rights of the people. We reproduce it in full below:

The disgrace of the Thai National “Human Rights Commission”

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

The miss-named Thai National “Human Rights Commission” has sunk to lower depths beyond the gutter. Paiboon Warhapaitoon so-called Human Rights Commissioner for “justice” has said that it was right for the police to arrest the woman flip flop seller in Ayuttaya earlier this week. Paiboon says that depicting the faces of Prime Minister Abhisit and other Government politicians of flips flops is “an abuse of the PM’s Human Rights”.

Earlier, Police General (yes,…not a misprint… Police General) Wanchai Srinuannut, Human Rights Commissioner and chair of the subcommittee on political rights and citizen’s rights, announced that the Human Rights Commission would help any member of the public who wanted to sue the Red Shirts for disrupting their lives by demonstrating.

The Human Rights Commission has remained silent on the April-May killings by the army, the repeated arrest of Prachatai web manager, the total censorship of the media, the rights of hundreds of political prisoners and the use of the lese majeste law.

On 2nd July Dr Niran Pitakwachara, Commissioner for political rights and citizen’s rights stated that the arrest of Sombat BoonNgarm-anong, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and Dr Sutachai Yimprasert for peaceful activities “might perhaps” be an abuse of their rights. Dr Niran is a PAD supporter who in 2006 called for the King to sack the elected Prime Minister. Niran also tried to get Ubon Rachatanee University to cancel a talk by Ji Ungpakorn on his lese majeste charges. Other PAD supporters on the NHRC include Nitirat Sapsomboon.

The Thai National Human Rights Commission is stuffed with conservative royalists, PAD supporters, and police and army generals…. appointed by appointees of the junta, for the junta…

Meanwhile PAD junta Foreign Minister Kasit Pirom says he will force back Burmese refugees now that Burma is “on the road to democracy” (just like Thailand under the junta).



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12 10 2010
Sweeping up “dangerous” people « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] political activism, there will be casualties of various kinds. Last week PPT posted (here and here) on the extraordinary and apparently illegal arrest of a flip-flop seller. The story also received […]

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