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UDD Reacts to Constitutional Court’s Silence

At a press conference on Friday, Red Shirt  leaders reacted to the Constitutional Court’s response to a letter submitted by the UDD which sought clarifications on the Court’s 2012 decision on amending the constitution. The UDD also reiterated its calls for the government to act on amnesty for political prisoners as well as for granting jurisdiction to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Earlier in January, the UDD had submitted a letter to the Constitutional Court seeking clarification on the appropriate procedure for a constitutional amendment. The Court had proposed a referendum should be held prior to the third reading of a bill which would open the door to comprehensive charter reform. In response to the UDD’s inquiry, the Court stated that

The ruling is clear. It is not necessary to explain further.

UDD leader Tida reacted,

The Court’s response reveals its negative attitude. The questions were posed in all sincerity as they are important for the country.

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Red Shirts Ask “Where is the Rule of Law?”

At a press conference on Friday, UDD co-leaders expressed their outrage over former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s ability to circumvent the rule of law by walking out of the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) without signing and agreeing to the terms of his release after hearing his charges yesterday. The Red Shirt leaders were equally appalled by his continuing lack of respect for the victims of the military crackdown in 2010.

Abhisit and his former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban presented themselves at DSI offices on Thursday to deny the murder charges against them in regards to the death of taxi driver Pan Kamkong who was killed by CRES soldiers on May 15th 2010. However, they refused to sign a document accepting the conditions for their bail, which prohibit them from: leaving the country without the approval of the DSI; tampering with evidence; and obstructing the investigation. Despite this outright rejection of the legal process, they were free to go.

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Letter from ICC to Dr Weng

Last week, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued the following letter to Pheu Thai MP and Red Shirt leader Dr Weng.

The letter outlines the steps that need to be taken by the Thai government in order to accept the ICC’s jurisdiction with regards to international crimes (crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide), since Thailand is not a State Party to the Rome Statute.

This letter reaffirms that Thailand does not need to sign the treaty in order to grant jurisdiction. Instead, the government may issue a declaration that states that Thailand accepts the ICC’s jurisdiction, in accordance with Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute. The declaration can be sent as a letter to the ICC. The letter should state clearly the situation over which the government accepts the ICC’s jurisdiction. The government may also include documents that relate to the alleged crimes in question.

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