During the UDD’s weekly press conference last Wednesday, co-leaders discussed the role of the judiciary in the development of Thailand’s fragile democracy.
The ongoing attempts by the Pheu Thai government to reform the post-coup Constitution, in order to align it with modern democratic practices, have attracted condemnation from pro-coup forces.
A group of Red Shirts are currently staging a protest outside of the Constitutional Court in response to its decision to consider a petition regarding the constitutionality of the constitutional amendments that have been proposed by the government. The group is arguing that by considering the petition, the Court is impeding the powers of the legislative branch. The UDD has also previously pointed out that the judiciary in Thailand has a biased agenda and hinders the democratic process.
Co-leader Tida said,
If the court ignores the power of the legislative branch, it ignores the power of the people. In a true democracy, all the power should be with the people.
The co-leaders also lamented the fact that the Red Shirt leader and Pheu Thai MP Korkaew Pikulthong has been denied bail once again and is currently in Laksi prison awaiting trial on charges of terrorism. According to Tida, the Constitutional Court intervened to ask the Criminal Court to deny Korkaew bail, clearly exceeding its jurisdiction. She went on to describe this as a demonstration of the injustice that is rampant in Thailand’s judicial system.
As long as there is injustice in the judiciary, there can never be peace in Thailand.
Furthermore, the co-leaders reiterated their appeal to the government to push forward for amnesty for all political prisoners, arguing that,
Justice delayed is justice denied.
The co-leaders also announced the opening of a new political school event in Loei on April 28th 2013.