Cameron, Thailand and human rights

10 11 2010

The British Mail Online reports on the growing U.K. criticism of Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposed holiday in Thailand. Cameron’s decision on visiting Thailand is said to be “sending the wrong message.”

United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship “urged [Cameron] … to cancel his planned family Christmas holiday in Thailand because he would be seen to be supporting the country’s human rights abuses.” It said: “Anyone who shows support for this current government is showing support for the way they brutalised the protesters…. David Cameron should not come here because as a government leader he will be showing the world that he agrees with what the Thai government did.”

The report states that “Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has already said that Mr Cameron should ‘think very carefully about the message he is sending,’ before he sets off with his family to a country that has seen protesters killed and badly injured in clashes with troops.”

The report notes that: “Weeks of turmoil which saw Red Shirts protesting against Mr Vejjajiva’s government taking over the streets of Bangkok resulted in the army being moved in to set up a ‘live fire zone’. In its report the United Front has documented the execution of a number of people by army snipers.”

There is speculation that Cameron and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, as Old Etonians, have a “special bond” and that this may be the reason for choosing Thailand. There is other speculation that the British leader will stay in luxury  £1,000 a night at a time when he is demanding huge budget cuts in Britain.




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