Wednesday 19 September 2012
The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) rejects the findings of the TRCT report for lack of scientific proof on the existence of the “Black Shirts” and its pervasive ambiguity which offers no justice to the victims of the April-May 2010 military crackdown and their families.
The TRCT was established at the wrong time, and by the wrong people. UDD Chairwoman Thida Thavornseth says, “How can we trust a commission that was appointed by the very government that is responsible for the deaths? It was not a process led by the people.”
The head of the commission, Khanit na Nakhon, has publicly expressed his profound dislike of PM Thaksin Shinawatra, having left the Thai Rak Thai party on bad terms. This calls into question his suitability as an impartial observer.
The UDD stands by the statement issued by UDD lawyer Robert Amsterdam, who also strongly denounced the report for being “counterproductive and provocative because the victims will refuse to accept anything less than accountability”.
The future will show that this report contradicts the truth. It already contradicts the recent court ruling on the death of taxi driver Pun Kumkong, who was found to have been murdered by the authorities, despite allegations to the contrary from the military.
There can be no truth, and certainly no reconciliation, until these facts are addressed and those responsible are brought to justice. We urge the international community to join us in condemning this partial and politicized report drafted by a commission that has failed to expose the truth. We also ask all human rights organisations and advocates to compare the findings of the TRCT report with those of the People’s Information Centre (PIC), whose report provides a fairer account of the events in April-May 2010.