White Paper on the politicized judiciary

18 07 2013

As regular readers will know, PPT has repeatedly pointed to the politicized activism of some elements of the judiciary. In fact, only yesterday, we noted the impending departure from the Constitutional Court of its President Wasan Soypisudh. That post included several links showing the biased politics of that court and Wasan’s activist role.

In recent days, Thaksin Shinawatra lawyer Robert Amsterdam has produced another of his White Papers, this time entitled The Judicial Attack on Thailand’s Democracy. Democrat Party Games. Also available here. This is a timely publication that summarizes and explains the concerted use of elements of the judiciary to oppose elected pro-Thaksin governments and to destroy pro-Thaksin parties and movements.



The White Paper is introduced thus:

The purpose of this White Paper is to alert the international community to an ongoing assault—carried out largely under the standard of the Democrat Party of Thailand, but engineered by a broader coalition of groups hostile to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra—designed to remove a democratically elected government by illegal means.

It is added:

This White Paper describes the efforts by the anti-Thaksin coalition to undermine the results of the 2011 election, and it calls upon the international community to throw its full-throated support behind the Yingluck [Shinawatra] government as it strives to advance true democracy in Thailand, while preventing a repeat of April/May 2010.

Referring to the need to break “a cycle of lawless coups and killings that dates back decades,” the White Paper is introduced as documenting the use of “every conceivable method to remove a duly elected government, primarily through an extra-parliamentary campaign of street action and judicial manipulation.”

While this paper is likely to be dismissed by royalists and other yellow-hued opponents of Thaksin, the issue of judicialization raised in the White Paper speak to the nature of Thailand’s democracy. It should be of concern to all that the judiciary lacks independence and takes political sides. This inevitably means that the judiciary becomes a site of bitter political contestation that takes rule of law off the table.



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12 08 2014
Corrupt judges | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] He notes that there is a “fear of contempt of court [that] has shielded the Thai judiciary from public criticism for decades…”. In fact, it hasn’t really been there for decades. Rather, the judges have demanded this “protection” as they made politicized decisions. […]

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