Covering up

7 04 2011

We almost said it in our post yesterday: that the Army and Abhisit Vejjajiva government would quickly deny the claim that cluster munitions were ever used. And now they have.

Prawit (Bangkok Post photo)

Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon is quoted in the Bangkok Post as denying the use of any cluster munitions. He has “rejected claims the army used cluster bombs in breach of an international agreement during border clashes with Cambodia in early February.” He stated:  “No cluster bombs here. We have strictly complied with international laws banning their use…”.

Prawit is kind of supported by the Thai ambassador to the UN in Geneva Sihasak Phuangketkeow who issued a denial. He said:

the Thai army used cluster munitions during the Thai-Cambodian border skirmishes. Mr Sihasak spoke to the Bangkok Post in a phone interview from Geneva yesterday saying he said the Thai army used Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions (DPICM) which it did not classify as a cluster munition. For other groups, however, DPICM are indeed regarded as cluster munitions.

It seems this is the official line: we used DPICM and while others say they are cluster munitions (see PPT’s post), the Thais say they aren’t, so that’s it. In other words, cluster munitions were used but they are not cluster munitions by “Thai-style” definition. A bit like the claims made about the Army not killing anybody in its actions against red shirts.

If the various claims are to be believed, this is worse than disgusting.


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9 04 2011
Cluster bombs used, not cluster bombs | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] There is considerable evidence that Thai forces used cluster munitions when fighting broke out with Cambodian forces in February. The Thai side has realized the enormity of this being stated in the international media and has begun covering up. […]

22 04 2011
There are cluster bombs that our guys use and then there are bad cluster bombs | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] soon-retracted admission of the use of cluster bombs (read our posts here, here, here, here, here and […]

22 06 2014
Updated: Thailand’s shame | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] from a person who has spent his recent years defending the undefendable on human rights, like the military’s use of cluster bombs and the draconian lese majeste law. This slippery character even announced that “Thailand […]

22 06 2014
Updated: Thailand’s shame | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] from a person who has spent his recent years defending the undefendable on human rights, like the military’s use of cluster bombs and the draconian lese majeste law. This slippery character even announced that “Thailand […]




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