Wikileaks: more on HRW and the coup V

8 02 2012

This is the sixth post, and for now, our last, on Human Rights Watch and the events that unfolded following the 2006 coup. Wikileaks has 58 cables mentioning HRW in Thailand, the majority related to events in the South. We know the number is V, but the first one had a different title. In this post, as in the previous instances, we look at cables related to political struggles in 2010.

In a cable dated 16 February 2010, the U.S. Embassy reports on “two bombing incidents over the weekend served to further heighten anxieties in Thailand’s capital.” The cable reports on “speculation” over the source of the bombs.

This is followed by a statement that cites Sunai Phasuk from Human Rights Watch as its source:

Sunai … told us he was convinced that people connected to Thaksin [Shinawatra] were responsible for the bombs, and added that the government would definitely use the attempted attacks to try and discredit the UDD.

We would have thought that an HRW representative would have been more circumspect in voicing a personal opinion that isn’t based on any evidence.

Most especially when there were high political tensions and the bombs were being used by several sides in the political dispute to discredit others. Certainly, the People’s Alliance for Democracy and the Democrat Party were also blaming Thaksin and red shirts, again with no specific evidence. Recall that he had earlier blamed General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh – aligned with Thaksin – for earlier bombings, again with no evidence.

Whoever was responsible, pinning the blame on the red shirts permitted the Abhisit Vejjajiva government to justify limiting the rights of peaceful protesters.

Given Sunai’s record of complaining of the lack of government action to discredit Thaksin, we are left to ponder the reasoning that underpins this claim.

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8 02 2012
WikiLeaks Newslinks 8 February 2012 « William Bowles.info

[...] Wikileaks: more on HRW and the coup V « Political Prisoners in … By thaipoliticalprisoners This is the sixth post, and for now, our last, on Human Rights Watch and the events that unfolded following the 2006 coup. Wikileaks has 58 cables mentioning HRW in Thailand, the majority related to events in the South. We know the number … https://thaipoliticalprisoners.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/wikileaks-more-on-hrw-and-the-coup-v/ [...]

26 10 2012
Nostitz, HRW and 2010 « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] As an aside, Nostitz comments on the role played by HRW’s Sunai Phasuk, claiming that “contrary what many believe, was not part of the HRW report.” Given that Sunai is an employee of HRW and their designated “researcher,” this assertion demands more detail, especially as Sunai was reporting to HRW throughout the period the report discusses. Nostitz claims that “Sunai is one of the very few people here who are extremely knowledgeable, factual and objective, and do walk neutral ground.” Nostitz is simply wrong to claim that Sunai is “neutral.” While we agree that he is knowledgeable, PPT has demonstrated Sunai’s pro-coup bias (found here, here, here, here, here and here). [...]

26 10 2012
Nostitz, HRW and 2010 « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] As an aside, Nostitz comments on the role played by HRW’s Sunai Phasuk, claiming that “contrary what many believe, was not part of the HRW report.” Given that Sunai is an employee of HRW and their designated “researcher,” this assertion demands more detail, especially as Sunai was reporting to HRW throughout the period the report discusses. Nostitz claims that “Sunai is one of the very few people here who are extremely knowledgeable, factual and objective, and do walk neutral ground.” Nostitz is simply wrong to claim that Sunai is “neutral.” While we agree that he is knowledgeable, PPT has demonstrated Sunai’s pro-coup bias (found here, here, here, here, here and here). [...]




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