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Senate Scrubbed Blanket Amnesty

B157A01EFA7C461D9E6516D7235B8151Shortly before 11:00pm on 11 November 2013, members of the National Assembly have voted to strike down the “all the way down the soi” amnesty bill as expected since 10:00am this morning.

After 12 hours long debate, the senates have voted against the blanket amnesty bill and now according to Section 148 of the Constitution, the bill or a similar version of it cannot be resubmitted to the parliament for another 180 days.

The ruling Pheu Thai Party and PM Yingluck have earlier stated that the party will no longer pursue the blanket amnesty proposal and the premier will not attempt to resubmit the bill as an executive decree order.
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ICJ : Cambodia had Sovereignty over the Promontory of Preah Vihear temple, Not land

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At 17:00pm Today, on 11 October 2013 at the Hague, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Cambodia have sovereignty over the Preah Vihear promontory but did not touch upon the 4.6 sqkm disputed area which is still up for debate by the two countries.

According to Thai ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr Virachai Plasai, The court has decided against Cambodia’s claim for the 4.6 sqkm disputed land along with the area around Phu Makua (ภูมะเขือ) and the ICJ ruling does not effect the maritime boundary between the two countries as rumored.

According to the ICJ’s decision, some “small portion” of the territory around the vicinity of temple will now belong to Cambodia but they do not have jurisdiction over the remaining 4.6 sqkm which is still debatable and it is the parties obligation to “solve any dispute by peaceful means.” Thailand have to also withdraw their troops from the temple area as part of the verdict.
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Khaosod : Apologize To Redshirts, Red Sunday Leader Tells Govt

Ratchaprasong Rally against blanket amnesty : led by Sombat Boongarmanong

Ratchaprasong Rally against blanket amnesty : led by Sombat Boongarmanong

Taken from Khaosod article called “Apologize To Redshirts, Red Sunday Leader Tells Govt” that was published on 10 November 2013.

(10 November) A splinter group of the Redshirts movements has organised a rally in downtown Bangkok to criticise the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for its pursuit of the ′blanket amnesty′ bill.
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Red Shirts Rally Photo Compilation and Videos : 10 November 2013

Mrs Tida and Sombat at Rachaprasong Rally

Mrs Tida and Sombat at Rachaprasong Rally

The following are compilation of photographs and videos from the Red Shirts rallies on 10 November 2013. There were three main rallies last Sunday which includes;

1. “10,000 Rally Against Blanket Amnesty Bill” led by Red Shirts Sunday coordinator, Mr Sombat Boongarmanong, at Ratchaprasong Intersection.

2. UDD Political School at Don Muang Technical College that was led by UDD president, Mrs Tida Tavonseth.

3. And the main “UDD Pheu Thai Rally to Protect Democracy” in Muang Thong Thani

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Red Shirst Rallies and UDD Poltical School on Sunday

IMG_0653It has been confirmed at the press conference of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) today (09/11/13) that the co-leaders including Mrs Tida Tavonseth, Mr. Nuttawut Saikua, and Mr. Jatuporn Prompan, have all agreed on the nationwide Red Shirts Rallies from Sunday 10 November 2013 in Bangkok – 15 November in Udonthani.

The leaders are in consent that the current an-ti amnesty protestors, led by the democrat party, are trying to overthrow the government and it is the people duty to protect the elected government and the democratic system. They insisted that the Phue Thai Party still have the support of the UDD and it is time for the Red Shirts to unite together under the same objective once again. They also maintain that these rallies are not meant to confront the opposition but rather represent as a stage to clarify the Red Shirts position.
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UDD Special Press Conference on the Current Political Situation

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Tomorrow 13:00pm at the UDD Head Quarter on the 5th floor of Imperial World Lad Proa. The United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) lead by president of the UDD, Mrs Tida Tavonseth, co-leader Mr Jatuporn Prompan, and other UDD central core members will release a statement on the current development of the heated political situation and the position of the movement. Please join TRS on the live twitter feed at 12:30 – 15:30 09/11/13 @udd_english and feel free to ask any question that you may have about the organization.

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AHRC : THAILAND : No amnesty for state-sponsored murder

Asian-Human-Rights-Commission1-480x238Asian Human Right Commission (AHRC) statement in concern over the blanket amnesty bill that is currently being deliberate by the Senate that was released on 6 October 2013.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) would like to express grave concern about the current state of the draft amnesty bill in Thailand. 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. If passed in its current form, the bill will allow murderers to walk free without even a slap on the wrist.
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Japanese Officials Visit DSI on the Progress of Hiroyuki’s case

(In bracket) Mr. Hiroyuki who was killed during the 2010 crack down and (far right) Mr Nobuyuki, a Japanese official who visited the DSI yesterday

(In bracket) Mr. Hiroyuki who was killed during the 2010 crack down and (far right) Mr Nobuyuki of the National Police Agency of Japan who visited the DSI yesterday

On 1 October 2013, the director-general of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), Mr Tharit Pengdit, told the press after the blanket amnesty bill passed the third reading that the department will continue whit its investigation on the 99 death of civilians during 2010 political violence because it is their obligation to do so.

At the moment, according to the legislative procedure, the amnesty bill will have to pass through the Senate and possibly the constitutional court, if its status was changed to emergency decree, before it can begin to wait in line for a royal decree in order for it to become law.
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