Pheu Thai, Democrats explain their positions to the UN

national January 29, 2014 00:00

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Politicians from the Pheu Thai and Democrat parties have separately written to the UN explaining their sides in the current political conflict.

Noppadon Pattama, former foreign minister under Pheu Thailed government, wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon while Kiat Sittheeamorn, chairman of the Democrats’ foreign affairs panel addressed his letter to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)'s Southeast Asian regional office.

Noppadon said in his letter that the antigovernment protests led by former Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban were not “nonviolent civil disobedience” as Suthep has repeatedly claimed.

Suthep and his supporters tried to disrupt the advance vote on January 26 through “uncivil” actions including chaining the doors of several polling stations, forbidding voters to enter or leave the polling stations and threatening to use force and inflict bodily harm.

“Such actions are criminal offences and violate both the Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The PDRC actions destroy the democratic process,” Noppadon said in the letter.

He appealed to Ban to support a free and fair election in Thailand so that process of democratisation could continue.

In his letter to Matilda Bogner, regional representative, Kiat said that it was necessary to give the domestic and the international community a factual account of the current people’s uprising in Thailand.

He said the violence and the misconduct of Yingluck Shinawatra government over the past two years had triggered the popular protests.

The targets of the recent series of attacks were members of the antigovernment People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), the Student and People Network of Thailand's Reform, innocent protesters and volunteer guards.

The Democrat Party and its key members were also subjects to attacks. The law enforcement authorities had failed to arrest the culprits or prevent any recurrence of such violent acts.

He described Yingluck government as the most corrupt in the country's history both in terms of the numbers of projects formulated to enable systemic corruption and the amount of money concerned.

“Since Prime Minister Yingluck and some Cabinet Ministers have frequently and intentionally given interviews that are distorted and sometimes the complete opposite of the truth, the Democrat Party feels obliged to issue this statement to offer more accurate accounts and ensure better understanding of the situation,” the letter read.

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