Thaksin amnesty “the greatest act of impunity in Thailand’s political history”

Thai politics ruled by ‘culture of impunity’ – Al Jazeera, December 16, 2013
…The massive street protests that have rocked Bangkok in recent weeks were sparked by what Sunai Phasuk, the Thailand researcher for Human Rights Watch in Asia, called “the greatest act of impunity in Thailand’s political history”.
At 4am on November 1, the ruling Pheu Thai party of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra attempted to ram an amnesty law through parliament that would have wiped clean all politically related offenses – including those involving alleged corruption and violence – since 2004.
It was widely viewed as an attempt to whitewash the corruption conviction of her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been described as the country’s most polarising political figure.
Originally, the bill was limited to those arrested for taking part in political demonstrations without committing acts of violence or destruction, and not those who led them…

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