Justice

26 02 2013

Kaewmala, a writer, a blogger at thaiwomantalks.com and Asian Correspondent has had an excellent series of posts regarding the horrid treatment of a young Karen girl who came to be “owned” by a couple in Kamphaengphet. We won’t summarize the horrific details as Kaewmala’s articles deserve a full reading. However, she has followed up with a post on the nature of justice in Thailand that deserves wide attention.

She begins this post with a provocative header: “Justice is ‘blind’ – to the rich’s crimes.” Indeed, it is. And yet she sees some light at the end of a very dark tunnel:

The rich and powerful have always had a better chance at evading punishment than their poorer and less connected counterparts. But with the internet and social media it has become increasingly difficult to hide this privilege.

But this is a mere pin prick of light:

In Thailand increased scrutiny and real-time exposure of how the rich and powerful use their money and influence to circumvent justice has not translated to more prosecutions of wealthy and influential criminals.

Amid case after case of blatant exploitation of power and influence, the Thai pubic has become almost desensitized by the impunity of the rich and come to expect different standards of justice applied to the rich and the poor.

As she points out, “… we Thais know well that while the rule of law is swift and unbending with the poor and powerless, it is highly accommodating and yielding to the rich and powerful,” later adding: “The course of justice for the rich and the poor usually follows different paths, and the weight of justice is measured on different scales.”

Impunity and “special treatment” poisons the justice system for the poor and makes it a tool of the rich and powerful.


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