At The Nation Thailand’s tyrant General Prayuth Chan-ocha has complained that foreigners cannot understand and appreciate his dictatorship.
The junta reckons that foreigners and their misunderstanding or “vague understanding” is the reason Thailand has had problems “such as Thailand’s aviation standards being degraded by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the European Union’s warning over illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.”
It seems the dopey generals think that international agencies and the EU would ignore safety for their citizens and slavery in fishing if they “understood” the dictatorship. Again, these generals seem disconnected from the world, insular and exceptionally dull.
Sansern seemed to think that the foreigners thought that the military junta was being nasty to farmers and other poor types: “There have been moves to discredit us, that we are threatening the poor…. But we are actually not.”
Tell that to farmers prevented from growing rice because of a drought as parts of the country are flooded. Tell that to villagers forced off their land for mines and SEZs. Tell that to the farmers in the northeast suffering a huge economic downturn.
Parliament expresses its concerns at the “deteriorating human rights situation in Thailand following the illegal coup of May 2014” and urges the Thai authorities to lift repressive restrictions on the right to liberty and the peaceful exercise of other human rights. It calls on the Thai authorities to overturn convictions and sentences, to withdraw charges and to release individuals and media operators who have been sentenced or charged for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression or assembly.
Parliament also calls for the abolition of the death penalty and asks the European External Action Service and the EU Delegation to use all available instruments to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law in Thailand, in particular by continuing to observe investigations and trial hearings of opposition leaders.
The non-binding resolution was adopted by 581 votes to 35, with 35 abstentions.
In a related media story, the European Parliament’s Ryszard Czarnecki mentioned concern about the “detaining of journalists and protestors in Thailand…”. The report states that “multiple speakers on the floor deemed [this repression] to be unacceptable.
Czarnecki stated “his belief that cooperation with Thailand economically was not something that the European Union should continue unless a return to democracy is imminent:
… Thailand must hear very clearly a strong demand on part of the European Parliament that democracy must be reinstated there which the country deserves…We should not only monitor the situation in Thailand up close, we should indicate that our economic cooperation may actually be hinged on Thailand’s cooperation with human rights….