Spooner on Amnesty International

25 02 2011

Andrew Spooner’s new blog at Asian Correspondent that PPT drew attention to yesterday, has already begun to deliver some interesting insights. In addition to an interview with Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij, Spooner has a story on some interesting shenanigans at Amnesty International. That story includes these paragraphs on Thailand and AI:

I have blogged … about their complete failure to deal with Thailand’s draconian lese majeste laws and AI Thailand’s links to the PAD. I have repeatedly emailed AI’s UK offices questions regarding both matters yet they completely refuse to even acknowledge the issue, never mind answer any queries….

In addition, I have seen credible documentary evidence that points directly to collusion between AI’s International Secretariat’s Thai-based researcher, Ben Zawacki, and Thailand’s notoriously conservative Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the question of Daranee Charncherngsilpakul aka Da Torpedo.

The latter point is serious and Spooner should say more. PPT has been highly critical of AI and Zawacki and we’d be keen to hear more.

For earlier critical commentary on AI and Thailand, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.


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27 02 2011
Optimism on LM is not justified when human rights are not protected | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] is a pretty reasonable summary of Zawacki’s weak position and that adopted by Amnesty International in Thailand. If little else is clear on political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Thailand for Zawacki […]

15 04 2011
Updated: Lese majeste repression and provocation increased | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] majeste and political prisoners. PPT thinks the reader is absolutely correct and might have added Amnesty International to the list. Indeed, it seems AI and the U.S. State Department read from the same game […]




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