NHRC “do not want to be bothered any more”

18 08 2013

That headline is a snippet from a Bangkok Post interview with Amara Pongsapich, head of the disgraceful National Human Rights Commission, responding to criticism that it has been a tool of the previous administration.

This tool has produced a flimsy 88-page report on the events of April and May 2010 that has even caused the Bangkok Post to editorialize that:

… there do appear to be valid reasons for this position [that the NHRC has failed in its public duty]. It is fair to ask whether the NHRC avoided lines of inquiry during its investigation and why, as its critics charge, as an independent body it largely accepted the authority’s version of events.

As a summary of the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime’s position the report is a travesty. For PPT, the NHRC is so bad and so biased that we think the Egyptian military, which has behaved so much like the Thai authorities in April and May 2010, must now be considering the report as a draft for any official account that justifies its own murderous actions.

Amara and friends

Amara and friends

In her interview, Amara continues her hopeless defense of the report claiming that the NHRC didn’t just use the views of authorities, but “authorities and people who were affected by the protests, such as the injured and passers-by.” Perhaps they could also have had witnesses who watched the events on state-controlled television.

Asked about demands for her resignation, Amara is asked if she is worried. She replies: “Not worried, but disturbed and bored.”

PPT is likewise bored by Amara and the NHRC. They seem unwilling and incapable of doing their jobs. If they are “bored” by human rights and criticism, they should resign.



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