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By Harrison George |
<p>The long-delayed report of the National Human Rights Commission into the violence in April and May 2010 has finally been released. Ho-hum.</p> <p>While some commentators believe that the release was timed to distract public opinion from other matters like the Amnesty Bill, this seems a feeble argument. First, because of leaked drafts, its content was very much as expected.</p> <p></p>
By Pokpong Lawansiri |
<p><strong><em>Three years later, there is still no report on the April-May 2010 violence</em></strong></p> <p>During the administration of the then-Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) was dubbed the most helpful and most relevant independent agency in the eyes of ordinary Thais. That is no longer true.&nbsp;</p> <p></p>
By Pravit Rojanaphruk |
<p>A 5-page leaked document written by Thammasat University's law lecturer Kittisak Prokati who is also a sub-committee member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) raised questions over the quality and impartiality of the now deferred NHRC's report on the April-May 2010 deadly military crackdown on red shirt protesters.</p>
<p>Current and former National Human Rights Commissioners are concerned about changes made by the Council of State to a new law governing the independent body. &nbsp;The Commission will be prohibited from revealing any information about cases under ongoing investigation, while it will be authorized to pursue court cases on behalf of those whose rights are violated.</p>
<p>In an interview posted on the website of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand, the commission's new chairwoman, Amara Pongsapich, has effectively promised to make the national rights institution meaningless and irrelevant, other than as an obstacle to human rights. </p>
<p>On May 29, social critic <a href=";task=view&amp;id=2290047&amp;Itemid=1">Sulak Sivaraksa</a> sent a letter to the HM the King&rsquo;s Principal Private Secretary, asking him to look into the case of nominated human rights commissioner Parinya Sirisarakarn, owner of a salt mining business in Nakhon Ratchasima which has been the subject of complaints about its impact on the livelihoods of local communities.</p>