more lies and even more lies
Ugly Truth Thailand -
November 26, 2017
Giles Ji Ungpakorn – On the
day when student activist Pai Daodin was refused bail once again by a military
court because he held a banner opposing the military junta, Generalissimo
Prayut stood up and spouted a tissue of lies about human rights.
It was also a few days after
leaders of rubber growers in the south had been detained in a military
camp for complaining about the low price of rubber.
In the same week the junta
also announced that it was strengthening the powers of the Internal Security
Operations Command. Commentators have explained that this is yet another
weapon for the army to control politics and elected governments in the
Without any sense of shame
Prayut claimed that the junta was making "human rights part of the national
agenda", under a modernisation programme put forward by the so-called Ministry
of Justice. Prayut's lies were supported by two government spokes people,
both military officers.
Prayut's lies included the
following bullet points:
"Raising standards of human
rights to international levels". He probably meant the kind of international
standards exhibited in Burma with regard to the Rohingya or the standards
seen in Cambodia or even Saudi Arabia.
"Encouraging businesses to respect
human rights and human dignity in order to build stability and sustainability".
But the junta has prevented trade unions from staging protests and strikes
and also capped pay rises for already low paid workers. It has also allowed
large extraction companies to ride roughshod over the rights of local communities.
The Generalissimo stated that
he had no fear in proudly announcing Thailand's human rights record to
the world! This is when all reliable surveys put Thailand among the worst
countries for rights and freedoms. Basically this man has no fear or shame
of telling bare-faced lies to the world, probably because world leaders
like Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and the leaders of the EU, don't give a damn
about human rights anyway.
The wise General warned against
nasty academics who just taught about democracy and human rights without
being interested in the junta's crafted laws. Such laws were drafted after
the junta took power in an illegal military coup, overthrowing an elected
Prayut promised to make speeches
to bodies like the United Nations to explain the development of sustainable
The fact of the matter is that
Prayut's military dictatorship has one of the worst human rights records
of any Thai government. For the first time since the end of the Cold War
Thailand has a large number of political prisoners and activists forced
into exile. The use of the lese majeste law has sky-rocketed and numerous
opponents of the junta have been subjected to "attitude changing" detentions
in military camps. Not only did Prayut stage an illegal coup to destroy
democracy, but he is also guilty of mass murder for his role in shooting
down redshirt pro-democracy demonstrators in the streets. His government
has significantly militarised Thai society and is busy designing a system
of sham democracy with fixed elections so that the influence of the junta
can be extended for decades. The so-called National Human Rights Commission
is also stuffed full of military and police officers.
Prayut also claimed that the
junta would promote "a culture of respecting human rights in society",
no doubt by dragging those who do not understand the definition of the
junta's "human rights" into military re-education camps.
Every time Prayut and other
members of the junta open their foul mouths we just hear lies, lies and
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