Abhisit, Cameron and human right violations

28 10 2010

In a recent post, PPT commented on the headline in the U.K.’s Telegraph: “Thai prime minister accused of war crimes.” In that post, we concentrated on Thaksin Shinawatra’s lawyer Robert Amsterdam’s preliminary filing to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. The point of the Telegraph article, however, was to criticize of British Prime Minister David Cameron for visiting his alleged buddy from school, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

The Nation now has an article referring to that projected visit. It says: “A Thai source said: ‘I believe he is travelling to Bangkok at the end of this year around Christmas time and he’s going to spend some time in Bangkok and some time at one of our beaches.’ Cameron and Abhisit were contemporaries at Eton College and Oxford, and Thai newspaper reports claim the pair have been ‘buddies’ ever since.”

In addition to the Telegraph, criticism, also mentioned in The Nation’s article, is to be found in The Mirror. Interestingly, a earlier Mirror article says this: “Downing Street last night would not confirm the PM’s plans, but sources close to the Camerons confirmed Thailand was pencilled in for ‘a well-deserved few days away’. Even though the two men were contemporaries at Eton, one of Mr Cameron’s friends insisted last night: ‘David does not know the Thai prime minister’.” A similar line is reported in the Mail Online, along with criticisms related to British politics and budget cuts.


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