Thaksin On The Western Front
( Last edit 2009-09-29 )
On August 18, 2009 Mr.Sunai Pasook, a consultant to the Human Rights Watch Thailand which is an international human rights organization, talked about how the Human Rights Watch was monitoring how the red-shirts rallied on the day before to petition for Royal clemency for amnesty of the former PM Thaksin Shinawatra. He said that it was lucky that there was no progress to violence as worried by the international community following the incidences of April 2009 and the last year.
Thaksin and his proxies bowed to petition for Royal Clemency for amnesty while the anti-royal communist faction or the red-shirts break away.
"Looking from the human rights point of view, it should be left to the scrutiny processes according to the regulations. The petitioner should be allowed to petition while the government's responsible body will have to verify whether or not it qaulifies. If it is not valid, then the government has to explain and the petitioner will have to admit. The government has at least 2 months to consider this matter.", Sunai said.
Legal Experts Official Opinion On The Petition For Royal Pardon: CLICK
Mr.Sunai added,"I propose an impartial body, neither red nor yellow factions, but which the public accept, to be the source for straight forward information of steps in petition for Royal clemency. I see the Royal Scholar Council as an impartial and a collection of knowledgable. Therefore, I propose the Royal Scholar Council to be a small committee to advise the public."
"Looking from the international perspectives, are the red-shirts doing right? If not within the frame of Thai laws, but with international viewpoints, it is a political rally which is peaceful because they can restrain themselves which is an adaptation from the violent incidences in April (2009). The rally has passed but the petition is now in the government's hand to decide. Before the rally, there was a worry that Poomjai-thai party would recruit some people to confront with the red-shirts and that there might me some violence. The international media expressed some concerns that there might be a clash but nothing happened eventually.", Sunai said.
When asked about the righteousness of the petition for Pol. Lieut. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra, the Former PM, as how he appears, from the viewpoint of a human rights activist, Sunai said that the status of Pol. Lieut. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra is a crimnial fugitive. Moreover, internationally, Thaksin is not a hero. Instead, he was involved in severe violation of human rights . At present, nearly all western countries look at Pol. Lieut. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra as a severe violator of human rights from breaking-off murders following anti-drug campaign, violation of human rights in the three southernmost provinces, and the violation of media freedom because they all occured under his administration.
"Therefore, it is obvious that Thaksin has not been able to campaign in western countries any longer, and has to stay in the countries where they do not care about human rights such as Dubai.
After being kicked out of MCFC, Thaksin visited his new investment in liberia's diamond mine, just for another laundering machine.
Dubai's media do not criticize Thaksin. Unlike if Thaksin were in U.K. where he used to, he certainly would be subjected to criticisms. Thaksin's movement is in countries like Liberia where the President kills people for his breakfast, and where the administration is not transparent or nondemocratic, and where the governments do not allow the media to fully check. That is how Thaksin is sheltered and remains politically active. If Thaksin with arrest warrants, goes to western countries, they would check how Thaksin gets into their countries.", Sunai said.
Fugitive's Trail In Europe: CLICK
Thaksin's Bribery Along His Path: CLICK
When asked how about Thaksin's frequent claims that he was unfairly toppled and violated, Sunai said that being ousted by a coup is another separate issue in which he undemocratically lost the authority. However, if Sunai was asked what kind of person Pol. Lieut. Maj. Thaksin was, he would say that western countries knew full well that although Thaksin won the vote through elections, after that Thaksin violated human rights until the last day of his power. Thaksin still does not accept his involvement in the breaking-off murders of people in the country although the international community sees it as a major issue so much that Thailand became restricted on international exchange programs for military and police training and weapons purchase because of Pol. Lieut. Maj.Thaksin.
When asked about human rights violation of the current government (Abhisit's) in the first eight month, Mr.Sunai said that the government started with a talk of social contract policies regarding human rights. However, due to the unstable politics, there has not been a materialized achievement. "Human rights-wise, the only one who has succeded is only the Prime Minister whereas other related Ministers, no matter the Justice Minister, Social Development and Human Security Minister and the Defence Minister who look after the southern community have totally disappeared.", Mr.Sunai said.