It’s all in the open now: Amnesty for Thaksin

Amnesty push risks conflict, govt told – Rights advocate blasts ‘overt’ bid to aid Thaksin – Bangkok Post, October 21, 2013
…The original version of the bill put forward by Pheu Thai MP for Samut Prakan Worachai Hema would not have granted an amnesty to ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra and the protest leaders and authorities responsible for the red-shirt protest crackdown, but would have included all others convicted of crimes relating to political violence.
But the panel voted to approve revisions to Section 3 of the bill to grant a blanket amnesty to all people involved in political unrest, including protest leaders, soldiers, and authorities responsible for ordering the crackdowns…

Worachai: committee has own reasons for changes – Bangkok Post, October 20, 2013
…Why were relatives of victims killed in the 2010 rallies not given a chance to tell the committee of their views?
They came to the parliament and sent documents to the committee.
But they insisted they also wanted to meet and talk with the committee members, didn’t they?
What is the difference between speaking to them and and handing them documents? The point is that the committee saw their documents and did not accept them. What should we do then? How could we force the committee to accept the documents?…

Also: These earlier analyses from June and August still hold true. Now is the best and perhaps last chance for the government to accomplish the only thing that it was formed to do–dismantle the institutions that prevent Thaksin from returning to political prominence.
August: Analysis: The strange editorial about Thai politics in the New York Times
June: The Wheel Begins to Turn: Weekly Rallies and Disapproving Academics

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