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Democracy Update 3/4/13

IMG_2149During Wednesday’s press conference, UDD co-leaders discussed obstacles to the ongoing efforts to amend the post-coup Constitution of 2007 as well as a recent ruling by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) regarding Jatuporn Prompan’s disqualification from parliament in 2011. They also announced a commemorative rally that is being held in Bangkok on April 10th in honor of those who died during the brutal and illegal military crackdown of Red Shirt protests in 2010.

The UDD supports the Pheu Thai government’s efforts to amend the post-coup Constitution, but pro-coup forces have continuously tried, and often succeeded, to thwart the amendment process. In one such recent effort, opposition Senator Somchai Sawaengkarn has petitioned the Constitutional Court to issue an injunction against the parliamentary proceedings and dissolve the Pheu Thai party.

While the Court rejected Senator Somchai’s appeal for an injunction, it has accepted his petition to consider the constitutionality of the proposed constitutional amendments, in particular alterations to Sections 68 and 237. The UDD co-leaders expressed frustration that the amendment process is facing obstacles every step of the way.

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Jatuporn’s MP Disqualification violates human rights and constitution- IPU

The International Parliamentary Union (IPU), one of the world’s oldest international organizations committed to the promotion of democracy, has unanimously passed a resolution condemning the Constitutional Court’s disqualification of Jatuporn’s MP status in May, 2012. The IPU argued that the rationale for the disqualification was at odds with Thailand’s international human rights obligations, enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), as well as Article 102(4) of the Thai Constitution.

See below the full text of the resolution, and click here for the link to the IPU’s website. (more…)

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