Why would Thai amnesty start in 2004? To absolve Thaksin in Tak Bai massacre, death of human rights lawyer Somchai

No amnesty for state-sponsored murder – Asian Human Rights Commission, November 6, 2013
…The draft amnesty bill (in full, the Draft Amnesty for Those Who Committed Offences as a Result of the Political Protests and Political Expression of the People B.E…..) is broad, vague, and appears to be motivated by political expediency at the expense of human rights, justice, and the rule of law.
…What makes this draft amnesty a signal of a particular crisis of impunity in Thailand is that in contrast to earlier instances of mass state violence, namely 14 October 1973, 6 October 1976, and May 1992, there has been extensive investigation of the violence of April-May 2010, and the beginnings of judicial processes to hold state perpetrators to account…

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