Not telling it like it is

29 02 2012

At The Nation it was recently reported that Foreign Minister Surapong Towijakchaikul has “told the United Nations Human Rights Commission that his government had made progress in reconciling the deep colour-coded political divide in Thailand.”

We at PPT have serious doubts that the divide is any less now than it was before this government, especially as it is incapable of dealing with monarchy and lese majeste.

When Surpong adds that: “Human rights lie not only at the heart of Thailand’s domestic policies, but also our foreign policy,” we know that he is dissembling. According to the report, Surapong didn’t even mention lese majeste in his speech. With no attention to lese majeste and the position of the monarchy, real progress on democratization and human rights remains a pipe dream.

 

 


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