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UDD President, Guest at the Swiss National Day Celebrations in Bangkok

On Wednesday 31st July 2013, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, President of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) accompanied by Dr. Weng Tojilakarn, Mr. Pakdee and Mrs. Sophie Tanapura was invited by the Ambassador of Switzerland, H.E. Mrs. Christine Schraner Burgener and Mr. Christoph Burgener, to attend the anniversary of the National Day of the Swiss Confederation at the Lert Wanalai Ballroom, Swissotel Nai Lert Park, Bangkok.

Many prominent businessmen and other important figures from Thailand along with ambassadors from various countries also attended the event; Assoc. Prof. Tida briefly met with H.E. Mr. Lhee Boonlum, Laos ambassador to Thailand and they briefly discussed about the current political situations in Thailand.
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First Secretary from US Embassy visited UDD Headquarter

On Tuesday 30th July 2013, First Secretary Timothy P. Trenkle, along with Jessica Smith, political adviser to the United States Embassy, visited the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) headquarters in Imperial Lad Prao for a meeting with Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, President of the UDD.

The congregation was of casual nature where Assoc. Prof. Tida explained to the First Secretary the history and the current situations surrounding the UDD organization. Mrs. Tida also clarified to the representatives of the US Embassy about the current UDD’s priorities and their 3 points suggestion to the government (1.Amnesty 2.Constitutional amendment 3. Allow International Criminal Court to investigate the military crackdown on protestors in 2010).
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UDD President Congratulate CPP for their Electoral Victory

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30 July 2013

H.E. Hun Sen
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
Fax: +855 23 36 06 66 / 855 23 88 06 24
(c/o Council of Ministers)
Email: leewood_phu@nida.gov.kh

Your Excellency, Prime Minister Hun Sen,

On behalves of the Red Shirts and the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), I would like to congratulate the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) for their victory in the latest general election in Cambodia. We hope that the bilateral relationship between Thai and Cambodian people will continue to flourish as it was in the past and that it will be even stronger in the future. We also wish that the new government will be able to manage the country with ease and without any major turbulence during their administration.

Best regards,

Tida Tavonseth, President of the UDD

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Prachatai : Writer convicted of lèse majesté to face final verdict at Supreme Court

Taken from an article call “Writer convicted of lèse majesté to face final verdict at Supreme Court” by Prachatai reporters via http://www.prachatai.com/english/ , published on 26/07/13.

Bundit Aneeya, a 73-year-old freelance writer and translator, is to face the final verdict of the Supreme Court in his lèse majesté case in August. He was sentenced to four years in March 2006 for defaming the monarchy by distributing politics-related documents at an academic seminar. He is currently out on bail since the case has not reached the final judgement.

He could face up two years and eight months in prison if the Supreme Court stands by the guilty verdict.
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Robert Amsterdam : White Paper: The Judicial Attack on Thailand’s Democracy

Taken from an article call “White Paper: The Judicial Attack on Thailand’s Democracy” by Amsterdam & Partners LLP, via http://robertamsterdam.com/thailand, published on 17/07/13.

The purpose of this White Paper is to alert the international community to an ongoing assault—carried out largely under the standard of the Democrat Party of Thailand, but engineered by a broader coalition of groups hostile to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra—designed to remove a democratically elected government by illegal means.
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UDD Press Conference on July 24th, 2013

At the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) press conference on July 24th, 2013, Mr. Thanawut Vichaidit, spokesperson of the UDD, told the press that the Red Shirts are still strong supporters of the current government. “We maintain that we are still determined to fight by your side,” he said.

Mr. Thanawut also continued to urge the government to endorse MP Worachai Hema’s Amnesty Bill because it is the fastest way for political prisoners of all colors to be freed. Regarding the Democrat Party’s recent interest in the Amnesty Bill, Mr Thanawut believed that it is simply a ploy by the opposition to slow down the pardon process even further. “Granting amnesty to political prisoners could have been done since Mr. Abhisit was in the Prime Minister seat, why did he have to wait until now to show interest?” said Thanawut.
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New Mandala – Thailand’s International Human Rights Obligations in Question

Taken from an article called “Thailand’s international human rights obligations in question” by Carlos Fernandez Torne, guest contributor to http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/, published on 24th July 2013.

Much has been written about two amnesty bills tabled by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung and by Samut Prakan MP Worachai Hema. The Chalerm bill would reportedly offer a blanket amnesty to those involved in political unrest, from the 2006 military coup to the 2010 crackdown on the red shirts, including State authorities responsible for the crackdown on protesters. On the other hand, the Worachai bill would offer amnesty to people being investigated for, or convicted of, crimes related to political violence. However, it would not cover protest leaders or those who ordered the use of force to quell the protests.
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UDD Press Conference on 17th July 2013

UDD LogoAt the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) Press Conference on 17th July 2013, Thanawut Wichaidit, spokesperson of the UDD, told the press that the independent organizations and the justice departments in Thailand are acting like confused “schizophrenics”who know nothing else but to slander back and forth among themselves.

Thanawut’s anger was also aimed at the Pheu Thai-led administration for ignoring the Red Shirt requests made to various governmental bodies. “These requests are grievances coming directly from the people,” Thanawut said. He further urged the government to try and listen to the UDD demands because they represent the demands of the people. He reminded the Pheu Thai-led government that brothers and sisters of the Red Shirts used to fight alongside them and their pleas deserve to be heard.

The Red Shirts demands remain the same;

1. Vote “pass” on the third reading for the charter Amendment Bill of Article 291

2. Cabinet approval of the Emergency Amnesty Decree for all political prisoners, except the co-leaders (Samut Prakarn MP Worachai Hema’s Amnesty Bill).

3. Allow International Criminal Court to begin its investigation to find the mastermind of the violent government crackdown on protestors in 2010.
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