Updated: Delusions on rights

3 07 2015

We have previously wondered whether the military dictatorship and its mouthpieces are delusional or are such experienced liars that they are now unable to distinguish between fact and fiction.

A number of days ago there was a report at The Nation that we wanted to comment on, but with all of the other events taking place, we lost this post for a couple of days. It was a junta response to the U.S. State Department’s human rights report. We had a short comment on that report, but didn’t go into any details for any sane observer of Thailand since the 2014 military coup knows that rights have been severely curtailed; we hardly need a compromised State Department to tell us this.

Yet the report’s release sent the junta into a spin and caused a quite remarkable statement from junta relay mouth Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd (readers might recall that Sansern was promoted after the 2010 military murder of red shirt protesters, recognizing his remarkable capacity for disingenuous pronouncements on behalf of the military and the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime.

In responding to the United States’ report, the military dolts running Thailand claim the U.S. “has a duty to explain why it put Thailand alongside countries experiencing the most significant human rights setbacks in its latest human rights report…”. In the report, Secretary of State John Kerry placed ” Thailand alongside China, Egypt, Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia as countries that are stifling the development of civil society.”

Of course, the dictatorship has done far more than “stifle” civil society; it has crushed it. It has used its giant military boot to restrict, repress, jail and censor. We don’t even mention the ill treatment of migrants, slave-like working conditions in several industries, human trafficking, torture, and more.

Still, as if in la-la-land, Sansern continues with this claptrap: “The assessment in its human rights report that Thailand has seriously curbed the freedom of people is its own point of view towards the situation in many countries. However the US should say what the basis is and the sources of the facts that led to the assumption.”

This regime is banal, grotesque and stupid. Its leaders are all of that and delusional.

Update: A reader directed us to a related story at Khaosod that further indicates the bizarre claims by the world’s last military junta. Col. Winthai Suvaree, another spokesperson for the junta, chastised the United Nations and European Union for calling for the release of the 14 Neo-Democracy Movement students. Apparently serious and sober, Winthai declared that these organizations should “have more faith in Thailand’s justice system.” When readers stop guffawing, they can consider this clanger further:

These international organizations should not worry about the Thai authorities’ procedure in this case, because Thai laws will only punish wrongdoers…. If they deliberate on the facts in a full way, with information from all sides, they will see that Thai officials have processed this case in a straightforward manner, using principles based on laws, political science, and nature of Thai society.

PPT can assist. In the context of a society where the military acts with impunity, guns down protesters and turfs out freely elected governments, it is the military and their royalist allies who make and enforce the laws. By enacting its own laws, the military dictatorship makes all of its actions legal. The military junta is the law, its law is politicized, the judiciary is politicized and the international legal conventions and practices are trampled under the military boot.

 


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