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UDD Submit Letter to the United Nations concerning Amnesty Bill

1172482_283212748484162_1708456440_oToday (19th August 2013) at 11:00 am, the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), led by Assoc. Prof. TidaTawonseth, President of the UDD, along with other co-leaders including Dr. Weng, Prof. Jarun, Mr. Yotsawarit, Mr. Pongphichet, Mr. Glurgmontri and Mr. Phartsakorn was at the United Nations to summit a letter concerning the Amnesty Bill which is currently being discussed in the Parliament.

The contents of the letter can be summarized into two points;
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UDD Letter to Arab Republic of Egypt Embassy in Bangkok

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Arab Republic of Egypt Embassy
Sorachai Building, 31st Floor
23/122-125 Sukhumvit 63 (Ekamai),
Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
Bangkok Thailand 10110
e-mail: embassy.bangkok@mfa.gov.eg

16th August 2013

Subject: Concerns about the recent development in Egypt

To: H.E. Shamel Nasser, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Thailand

On behalf of the Thai people who support democracy and justice, The United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) would like to condemn the use of violence and military weapons in crackdown operations against protestors that have led to the tremendous loss of lives in Egypt this week. Even though we live on a different continent, we are extremely worried about the dangerous escalation of violence in Egypt and the well-being of the Egyptian people.
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UDD Press Conference on August 14th 2013

At the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) press conference on August 14th, 2013, Mr. Thanawut Vichaidit, spokesperson of the UDD, condemned the Office of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) for neglecting its commitment to protect the people’s rights.

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“In 2010 military crackdown, despite various human rights abuses and the death of more than 90 civilians, the NHRC had chosen to remain silence and now they have something to say about Mr. Ekkayuth Anchanbutr case? This is not the first time where the NHRC’s report was against the opinions of the majority; is this because they were formed by the aristocrats?” asked Thanawut.
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BKK Post : NHRC slammed over protest report

NhrcTaken from an article called “NHRC slammed over protest report” by Achara Ashayagachat, Bangkok Post Online, on 13 Aug 2013.

Civic groups are calling for the resignation of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) after it last week published its long overdue report into the government crackdown on red-shirt protesters in April-May 2010.

A red-shirt splinter group has said it will stage a protest at the offices of the NHRC on Wednesday, while student activists are planning a flash mob against the NHRC on Thursday.

Pongpisit Kongsena, chairman of the People’s Power Alliance, said the NHRC should have stood by people affected by the 2010 violence, instead of taking sides with the government that dispersed people to their deaths.
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UDD Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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10th August 2013

Subject: In respSubject: In response to the press briefing of the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)and Human Rights Watch organization

To: The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
: Human Rights Watch (HRW)

In reference to the UDD letter dated 6th August 2012whichquestioned the validity of the finding and credibility of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT).

1. The concerns of your organization regarding the Amnesty Bill currently being discussed in Thailand’s Parliament that it should exclude people involved in serious human rights abuses during the political violence in April and May 2010, is in line with the position of the UDD and the majority of the country. This is because the proposed Amnesty Bill clearly states, “Amnesty for the people of all colors shirts except for co-leaders in command.” Most importantly, this Bill does not grant immunity for any concerned state authorities. Therefore, we would like you to review your interpretation of this Bill.
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Khaosod : Human Rights Expert Slams NHRC’s 2010 Crackdown Report

human-rights-watchTaken from an article called “Human Rights Expert Slams NHRC’s 2010 Crackdown Report” by Khaosod Online on 11 August 2013.

The representative of Human Rights Watch in Thailand criticised the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) for displaying bias against the Redshirts and downplaying the heavy-handed tactics of the authorities in its report on 2010 political unrests.

The report claims that the decision of the government under then-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to use military force against the protests organised by the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) was “appropriate” because the protesters have overstepped the extent of freedom of assembly guaranteed by the Constitution.
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UDD President on the Final Report of the TRCT in 2012

The following is a letter from United front of Democracy against Dictatorship President, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, to international community regarding concerns the organization has against the report of the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) in 2012.

Even though the letter was written last year but the truth and it content is still relevant; The TRCT’s final report into the events of April-May 2010 is deeply biased and only aimed to discredit the Red Shirts supporters, therefore, it should not be used to clarify what happened in 2010 as suggested by spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Cécile Pouilly.

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25 October 2012

Re: The UDD’s stance on the TRCT’s final report

Dear Emissaries, members of the international community, and foreign press corp, with this letter I seek to clarify the UDD’s stance on the final report of the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) into the events of April-May 2010. It is the view of the UDD, the victims, and the victims’ family that the report has failed to provide a pathway to reconciliation in Thailand and has exacerbated the political conflict within Thai society.
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Khaosod : NHRC Accused Of Whitewashing Authorities’ Hands In 2010 Crackdown

Taken from an article called “NHRC Accused Of Whitewashing Authorities’ Hands In 2010 Crackdown” by Khaosod Online on 10 August 2013.

(10 August) Thailand′s top human rights commission has been blasted by a number of activists and academics for its report on the 2010 political violence which, the critics say, shifts most of the blames on the side of the protesters rather than the authorities.

Now recognised as the Kingdom′s worst political violence in decades, the events in 2010 started in mid-March when Redshirts protesters rallied to demand then-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva dissolve the Parliament and resign, charging that Mr. Abhisit did not come to power via an election which counts as an undemocratic procedure.

The protests later escalated as the Redshirts occupied the financial district of the capital city. A military operation was launched to dislodge them on 10 April, but ultimately failed. In the following weeks Bangkok saw sporadic – sometimes deadly – clashes that pitched the Redshirts against the security forces and counter-protesters.
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