Red shirts call for ICC jurisdiction

15 08 2012

Two short stories at both The Nation and the Bangkok Post warrant some attention. In both, red shirt leader Weng Tojirakarn is reported to have lodged a petition with the Yingluck Shinawatra government “to recognise the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, paving way for the inquiry into the 2010 bloodshed.”

This is related to our earlier post on recent red shirt activity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and is also linked to our recent post on the arm-wrestle that is ongoing between red shirts/Puea Thai Party and those who believe they own the country.

Weng lodged his petition with Justice Minister Pracha Promnok, with the latter saying “he would consult with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before presenting the matter for the Cabinet debate.”

Weng is obviously keen for “the international judiciary could shed light on “who gave the order for the killing of the red shirts” in April and May 2010.  Of course, Weng and many others believe that Abhisit Vejjajiva was leading a military-backed government that ordered the Army crackdowns.

In the Post, Weng is reported to have said that “it was a pity that  the Democrat Party has a plan to ask the ICC to investigate the deaths of some 2,500 people in the ‘war on drugs’ during the administration of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.” PPT doesn’t think it is a pity but is pitiable in the sense that, as Weng wonders, “why the Democrat Party had not done so while leading a government for two years and eight months.”


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1 11 2012
ICC officials in Bangkok « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] efforts by United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship lawyer Robert Amsterdam with the ICC, an earlier call by Weng regarding jurisdiction and a June visit to The Hague by red shirts and […]

1 11 2012
ICC officials in Bangkok « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] efforts by United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship lawyer Robert Amsterdam with the ICC, an earlier call by Weng regarding jurisdiction and a June visit to The Hague by red shirts and […]




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