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Human Rights Watch : Thailand: No Blanket Amnesty for Rights Abusers

Taken from Human Rights Watch press release on 22 October 2013.

(New York) – The Thai government and parliament should reject a proposed blanket amnesty law that would prevent prosecutions of those responsible for serious human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today.

On October 18, 2013, the House of Representatives Vetting Committee expanded a more limited amnesty bill already under consideration to include leaders from past political protests, soldiers, and authorities who carried out the crackdown on protesters.

“The proposed amnesty would allow officials and protest leaders who have blood on their hands to go unpunished,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “By whitewashing past abuses, the government denies justice to victims and tells future abusers they have little to fear.”

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Khaosod : Student Activists Dispute Anti-Govt Protesters” Legitimacy

Taken from an article called “Student Activists Dispute Anti-Govt Protesters” Legitimacy” by Khaosod Online that was published on October 16 2013.

(15 October) A group of student activists has alleged that the anti-government protesters at Bangkok′s Uruphong intersection is falsely claiming to represent their university and fellow students.

Calling themselves Student and People Network For Political Reform of Thailand, the protesters are have been camping out on the road to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The protesters have accused Ms. Yingluck of corruption, abuse of power, and serving as puppet for her corrupt brother, the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Their leaders claim to be student activists from Ramkhamhaeng University, a contrast to the array of retired military officials who had been dominating the anti-government protests in recent months.
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BKK Post : Find new allies, red shirts told. Seksan blames 2006 coup for society’s rifts

Taken from an article called “Find new allies, red shirts told. Seksan blames 2006 coup for society’s rifts” by Achara Ashayagachat that was published via BKK Post Online on October 14 2013.

A former key leader of the Oct 14, 1973, student uprising called on the red-shirt movement Sunday to join hands with other democratic forces in working towards sustainable democracy.

Delivering a speech at Thammasat University to mark the 40th anniversary of the uprising, Seksan Prasertkul said the Oct 14 spirit was to fight against dictators and establish democracy.
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Khaosod : PEFOT ‘Temporarily’ Retreats To Lumpini Park

Taken from an article called “PEFOT ‘Temporarily’ Retreats To Lumpini Park” by Khaosod Online that was published on October 10 2013.

Photo by : Khaosod Online

Photo by : Khaosod Online

(10 October) After several negotiations, the anti-government protesters have agreed to relocate their protests back to Lumpini Park during the visit of Chinese Premier to Government House, where the protesters had been camping.

The People′s Force of Democracy to Overthrow Thaksinism (PEFOT) vowed to return to resume their calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after Mr. Li Keqiang had concluded his official visit to Thailand, scheduled to take place from 11-13 October.
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Khaosod : Activists Urges Textbooks To Include “Oct 6 Massacre”

Taken from an article called “Activists Urges Textbooks To Include “Oct 6 Massacre” by Khaosod Online on October 7 2013.

The lynching and beating of a student outside Thammasat University during October 6 Massacre

The lynching and beating of a student outside Thammasat University during October 6 Massacre

(7 October) A prominent activist has called for inclusion of the brutal 1976 crackdown on student activists in school textbooks in order to teach the younger generation of Thais about one of the darkest episodes of Thailand′s political history.

Mr. Jaran Dittapichai was speaking after a memorial service, which Mr. Jan helped organise with other activists, held at Thammasat University to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the crackdown.
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BKK Post : Activists : Too early to claim victory for democracy

Taken from an article called “Activists : Too early to claim victory for democracy” by Achara Ashayagachat that was published via Bangkokpost Online on October 6, 2013.

Thais cannot yet claim victory in the struggle for democracy, even with the red-shirt movement that emerged in the past three years, said activists involved in organising the 37th commemoration of the bloody crackdown on student-led protests inside Thammasat University.

Though few contemporary students from the university lent a hand in the morning religious rituals and wreath-laying, the relatives and those “born” out of the Oct 6 1976 political uprising eagerly joined in the rites on Sunday.

Surachai Danwattananusorn, a lese majeste prisoner and a Daeng Siam leader who was released Friday under a royal pardon, showed up at the solemn commemorations, joining Jaran Ditapichai, chair of the committee organising the 37th Oct 6 and the 40th Oct 14 commemorations this year and others.
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Khaosod : Another Inquest Suggests Army Roles In Redshirts Deaths

Taken from an article called “Another Inquest Suggests Army Roles In Redshirts Deaths” by Khaosod online on October 1st 2013.

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(1 October) The South Bangkok Criminal Court has ruled that a pair of Redshirts protesters were killed by a gunfire from the direction of the military positions during the clashes between the protesters and the troops in 2010.

Mr. Jaroon Chaiman and Mr. Siam Wattananukul were among the more than 90 fatalities of the political violence in April-May 2010. The pair lost their lives on the night of 10 April 2010, when then-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva ordered the troops to dislodge the Redshirts from their encampment in Ratchadumnoen Avenue.
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Khaosod : Mother Of ‘Nurse Gade’ Pleads For Redshirts’ Release

Taken from an article called “Mother Of ‘Nurse Gade’ Pleads For Redshirts’ Release” by Khaosod Online that was published on 27 September 2013.

(27 September) The mother of volunteer medic slain in the 2010 military crackdown on the Redshirts protests met with the chairwoman of the Thai human rights committee today and asked her to push for a bail release for the Redshirts currently imprisoned for their alleged crimes during the protests.

Ms. Payao Akhard, the mother of Ms. Kamonmate Akhard (′Nurse Gade′), has been campaigning for a legal prosecution which would have held the military and the government at the time accountable for over 90 deaths in the political violence of April-May 2010.
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