ICC in Bangkok II

3 11 2012

A couple of days ago PPT posted about officers and investigators of the International Criminal Court being in Bangkok and holding meetings regarding the possibility of investigating the events of April and May 2010 . It does seem that the local media has been pretty quiet on this story.

The Bangkok Post, however, has finally mentioned the ICC visit which red shirts hope will lead to the government extending jurisdiction to the ICC.

Foreign Minister Surapong Towijakchaikul is reported to have “urged the government to accept the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) jurisdiction over the 2010 clashes between security forces and red-shirt protesters.”

That is a huge leap forward in seeking to end state impunity.

Surapong apparently made this statement following a meeting “with ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to discuss the steps Thailand would be required to take if it is to accept ICC jurisdiction.”

Anticipating criticism from those who oppose scrutiny, Surapong “insisted that by extending the jurisdiction to the ICC, the government would not be inviting the international tribunal to interfere in the country’s internal affairs.” He argued that an ICC investigation could “deliver justice to those who died…”.

Several red shirt parliamentarians have supported granting the ICC jurisdiction.

Democrat Party Spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut indicated that he lacks even basic logic when he babbled that the 2010 Army crackdown operations in April and May “is an internal affair and it has been investigated under Thai law. The ICC can’t step in,…” before immediately blabbering that “the Thaksin Shinawatra administration’s war on drugs did” come under the ICC. His final “position” seemed to be that “the government … ratify the ICC treaty and allow it to look into all cases of ‘crimes against humanity’.”

Why? Because, and we use his quoted words because the lack of logic is breathtaking:

If we ratify the treaty, I think Thaksin will appear before the ICC before former prime minister Abhisit [Vejjajiva] and former deputy prime minister Suthep [Thaugsuban]….

Of course, the DemoPADs are hamstrung on this issue because they have taken a war on drugs case against Thaksin to the ICC, so the internal issue claim is meaningless twaddle.

The question that is paramount now is whether the red shirts can bring sufficient pressure on Yingluck Shinawatra and her timid government to push for ICC investigation.


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3 11 2012
ICC in Bangkok III « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] by itself,” which seems to completely contradict the idea of ratifying the treaty. Yet, as we have pointed out, logic is often lost in this debate. Perhaps the logic is that Pokpong knows that “ratifying […]

3 11 2012
ICC in Bangkok III « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] to handle by itself,” which seems to completely contradict the idea of ratifying the treaty. Yet, as we have pointed out, logic is often lost in this debate. Perhaps the logic is that Pokpong knows that “ratifying the […]




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