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Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences (PART III) & Dr. Weng’s Comments on Ms. Hayner

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Special Lecture Series on “Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences” at Plaza Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, on Monday, 2nd August 2013. (Continue from PART (I) & (II)).

Before she concluded her speech, Ms. Priscilla Hayner, senior adviser to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, mentioned the discussions of the current Amnesty Bill backed by the Pheu Thai-led government which promises to lift responsibility for political violence during the military crackdown in 2010 for everyone except the leaders of the protests and the commanding authorities at the time.
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Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences (PART II)

ahtisaari_un01_photoSpecial Lecture Series on “Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences” at Plaza Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, on Monday, 2nd August 2013. (Continue from PART I).

Following Tony Blair, former Finnish president and Nobel Peace prize winner, Marti Ahtisaari, was the next speaker on the panel. Mr. Ahtisaari recommended the Thai government to open up and facilitate groups in society for the purpose of building trust among one another.

From his experiences in peace and reconciliation process in Namibia, Kosovo, and Ache, Mr. Ahtisaari believes that in reconciliation and nation building “Trust is everything” but it requires time, patience and work. What you have to remember is that “Peace is not only an outcome, it is a process”.
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Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences (PART I)

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On Monday, August 2, 2013, three distinguished speakers including Priscilla Hayner, senior adviser to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and former Finnish president and Nobel Peace prize winner Marti Ahtisaari, gave short lectures on conflict solving and reconciliation at the first of the Special Lecture Series on “Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences” at Plaza Athenee Hotel, Bangkok. The forum was hosted by Devawongse Varopakarn from the Institute of Foreign Affairs and the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) of Chulalongkorn University.

Prime Minister YingluckSinawatra opened the forum by explaining the purpose of this lecture series which is “to provide an open platform for all to participate in sharing experiences and ideas” in order to “learn from each other and to create unity.”
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The Country’s Solution through Reformations

Tida Tavonseth,

President of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).

27th August 2013.

If the current situation in Thailand is peaceful and the future is bright while the people are full of hope, there is no need to find a solution for this country but it is understandable by many that Thailand is currently experiencing anarchism and there is a possibility that it can become a failed state if the conflict of ideology is not managed properly. If the situation was mismanaged it can develop into a civilian’s confrontation and ultimately lead to a riot which can cause tremendous loss of lives as evidenced in other nations.
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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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Dr. Weng in Response to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Concerns

407707_284082501710211_1805720954_nThe following is TRS Translation of Dr. Weng Tojilakarn comment in reply to the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Cécile Pouilly, press briefing on August 6th 2013 in Geneva.

August 7th 2013

To: Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Cécile Pouilly.

Subject: In response to the OHCHR press briefing on August 6th 2013 in Geneva

1. I appreciate the United Nation concerns about the treatment of human rights in Thailand and throughout the world. I also agree with your suggestion that state officials and others should be held accountable for their role in serious human rights abuses, especially in Thailand, where over 90 people died and thousands were injured during the military crackdown on protestors in 2010.
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Court Rules, 6 Wat Prathum Victims Succumbed to Soldier’s Bullets

Today, August 8th 2013, The Southern Criminal Court of Bangkok ruled that six people who were killed in Wat Pathum Wanaram on the last day of 2010 Red Shirts protests, died from bullets fired by soldiers stationed on the BTS (Bangkok mass Transit System) sky train tracks during the Army operation to crackdown on protestors.

The soldiers responsible for the shooting were unidentifiable and according to the court, there were also no presence of “Men in Black Shirts” (MBS) at the crime scenes.
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UDD statement at the Regional Directors and Co-leaders Meeting, on August 3rd 2013

United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) statement at the UDD Regional Directors and Co-leaders Meeting, on August 3rd2013 at Don-Muang Technical College, Bangkok.

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To assess the current political situation in which there are protests against the deliberation of Amnesty Bill in the Parliament which led to the movement of the People’s Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism (PEFOT):

1. Explanations for the Movement of PEFOT

1.1 The reason for the so-called “people’s troops” movement against the deliberation of Amnesty Bill in the Parliament and the adoption of the slogan, “Down with Thaksin’s Regime,” is completely illogical.
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